Beware the Scam: Scammers Posing as Utility Representatives

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty - Angie Cody Team TN RE Lic# 323112

These scammers aren't even ingenious anymore. Once again, we have someone posing as utility representatives, this time targeting local businesses.

 

The scam has apparently been attempted in Maryville, as well as in Gatlinburg.

According to the Gatlinburg Police Department news release, someone has been calling local businesses and telling them their electricity is about to be turned off due to non-payment and giving the Sevier County Electric System's phone number as a callback number.

Gatlinburg police said the electric company is not making these calls. Graves likewise said the city of Maryville does not make collection calls.

 

 

Also, KUB has issued a reminder alert to their customers that all KUB employees and Beware the Scamcontractors will carry an identification badge with them. Ask to see the person's identification, even if you requested the service.


Remember no representative of a utility company will ever ask you for money.

 

 

 

As always. Beware the Scam! Stay safe out there!

 

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Chiara

Chiara (KEY-r-ah)...Your KEY to Home Sweet Home

Realty Executives Associates

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(865) 588-3232

 

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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YEOW!  A very creative.  I guess they want a credit card # to keep the utility on so they could take money from the customer....

Jun 24, 2012 09:35 PM #1
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Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes
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If there is a way to cheat people some crook will figure it out and try to scam them. 

Jun 24, 2012 09:55 PM #2
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Chiara Petro
eXp Realty - Angie Cody Team - Knoxville, TN
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Wallace, I believe one of the scammers has asked for cash, too. But, I can see how a scammer would love a business credit card. What a shopping spree they will have. /sarcasm

 

Richard, sometimes I find it amazing what people will stoop to doing.

Jun 24, 2012 10:00 PM #3
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
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Nice heads up Chiara.     It is just unbelievable what these scammers will try!

Jun 25, 2012 07:44 AM #4
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