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Beware of utility scams

November 3, 2016

Each year, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office receives calls from both individuals and businesses about utility shut-off scams. In this scam, a caller — pretending to represent a utility company — says the consumer’s power or heat will be shut off unless the consumer immediately sends money to the scammer using a wire transfer, prepaid money card, or gift card. In reality, the call is not coming from the consumer’s utility company.

Consumers can help protect themselves by following these tips: