Pickens Co. Sheriff’s Office warns community about utility company scams

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office released information Monday about utility company scams happening around the area. 

The sheriff’s office said residents have been receiving phone calls from people saying that they work for utility companies such as Duke Energy or Blue Ridge Electric. 

The scammer tells victims that their monthly bill is overdue and that their services will be turned off immediately if they do not provide funds over the phone through prepaid cards such as “Green Dot Cards.”

Anyone who receives a call like this should ask for the caller’s name before disconnecting the call, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Victims should call the utility service to inform them of the suspicious person so that they can verify if the call was valid or not. 

The sheriff’s office said that victims should not reply on caller ID or any number that the caller gives as the numbers can be easily manipulated. 

The sheriff’s office also wanted to remind everyone to refrain from providing debit card, credit card or other personal information over the phone unless you know without any question that you are speaking with a creditable person. 

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