Detectives in Marshall County are investigating a number of stories of a person who’s posing as an AEP worker, making an attempt to take your hard-earned cash.
On Saturday, Sergeant Don Dewitt stated a number of native companies reported a person calling them saying he labored for AEP. Police say the person threatened to close off the facility on the companies in the event that they did not pay excellent payments instantly.
Sergeant Dewitt stated often the payments totaled round $1,500.
The person, who police say has a thick overseas accent, requested the native companies buy present playing cards or pre-paid bank cards to pay the payments.
Sergeant Dewitt says he thinks it is solely a matter of time earlier than the scammers begin calling householders with an analogous story, which he says typically individuals do panic and fall for it.
“Particularly when it is chilly and lots of people want the warmth when it is 6 levels out they usually’re like ‘oh my God, I do not need to lose my warmth,’ and so then they will panic and pay,” stated Sergeant Dewitt.
Sergeant Dewitt says scammers will typically say “we’ll meet you within the parking zone the place you bought the present playing cards” after which one way or the other they will not make it there. He says the scammers often will not present up after which they anticipate you to ship them the cash.
Officers contacted AEP they usually say that isn’t the best way they do enterprise.
AEP consultant Joelle Conners stated AEP by no means asks clients for funds on pre-paid debit or bank cards.
Another issues she says to look out for:
- Somebody saying you want a brand new meter and should pay for one instantly.
- Negotiating your invoice in case you pay them instantly.
- Providing reductions if clients join auto pay.
- Demanding a deposit be paid instantly.
For those who assume you’ve got been the sufferer of this rip-off, name your native police division. You may also report the rip-off to AEP by calling 1-800-982-4237.