Phone Scam: Caller Said He Was Georgia Power Employee Looking for Late Payment

He told the victim $3,074 was past due.

Athens, Ga., police news
Athens, Ga., police news

Athens-Clarke County Police reported a phone scam involving someone claiming to be a Georgia Power employee looking to collect for an unpaid bill.

A man using the name “Allen Gray” told an Athens man, 50, on July 14 that there was an outstanding power bill balance in the amount of $3,074 that needed to be paid right away.

The suspect told the victim to purchase “Green Dot” money cards to clear the so-called delinquent account.

The victim bought the cards and “Allen” called back on July 15 to get the codes for the cards.

The victim called Georgia Power on July 17 and was told he didn’t have an outstanding balance and that “Allen Gray” didn’t work for the company.

Nicholas Vernola July 19, 2014 at 06:13 AM
Angela July 19, 2014 at 09:10 AM
I know when my bills are due. Nobody is calling to get money owed on a bill like that. First off, from my EMC, you get a notice in the mail that says your electricity will be cut off on such and such date if not paid by then. I really hate knowing how easy it is to scam people. I have the scammers calling me telling me my microsoft computer is sending out bad messages. Well alrighty then that's great...I am not running a microsoft computer!!
gennenebrooks July 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM
How does someone not know they owe $3000 to any one?


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