Scammers are threatening Greater Lafayette community members for money

Scammers are targeting Greater Lafayette community members saying they work for Duke Energy.

Posted: Aug. 10, 2018 5:59 PM

LAFAYAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — Scammers are targeting Greater Lafayette community members saying they work for Duke Energy.

They are calling locals and threatening to shut off their utilities.

If you receive a call from an unsolicited phone number, do not call them back.

Scammers are luring customers into buying debit cards or one-time use gift cards to make payment.

They say you have one hour to pay or your energy is turned off.

A Duke Energy representative says business are targeted more often than individuals.

If you do receive the call there are red flags.

The community relations director for Duke Energy said there is one common theme.

“It's the pressure, said Dan Rhodes. It's the, hey we're going to be out there within an hour. We're going to shut you off if you don't do this right now. They try to catch people off guard that way and get people to react to it before they have time to think it through.”

If you think you have been targeted by the scam, call the phone number listed on your bill and report it to the police.

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