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.