Scammers targeting Asheville restaurants over power bills

Courtesy: AbeEzekowitz
Courtesy: AbeEzekowitz

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy officials are warning the public about scammers who have been targeting restaurants by posing as Duke Energy utility officials and demanding payment for supposedly late power bills.

The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/295rnBZ ) reports that a person posing as a Duke employee called Roman’s Deli in downtown Asheville on Monday morning and made off with $1,000 through the scam. Police records show at least three other local businesses have also been targeted in the past two months.

Duke Energy has issued a fraud alert on its website, saying customers in five states have been targeted by similar scammers who threaten to cut the power unless they are paid.

The company says the criminals seem to be focusing on people who don’t speak English as a first language.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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