Washington Evening Journal
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A Washington resident was the victim of a scam by a caller pretending to be their utility provider, according to the Washington Police Department.
“The resident reported they had received a phone call from their utility company indicating their account was past due and a shut-off would be taking place in the next few hours,” the department said in a Facebook post. “The caller convinced the victim to provide payment over the phone and in a short time, additional attempts to obtain funds from the victim’s account were attempted, but unsuccessful.”
The post reminded viewers that legitimate companies, and government agencies “don’t call demanding payment and don’t use scare tactics to secure your payment.”
The department advised anyone receiving such calls not to interact.
“If you receive such a call, the best thing to do is to hang-up and call your utility company using the number on your most recent utility bill or the company’s website to verify your account,” the post said. “In addition, you should contact your local law enforcement and make an online report at www.ReportFraud.ftc.gov.”