By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A new scam using customer’s utility bills has occurred in Quincy, Fl., this past week and has now been reported in Madison as recently as Monday, July 21.
Similar to what happened in Quincy, citizens in Madison have received phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as being affiliated with their local electric company and attempting to collect outstanding balances on the homeowners electric bill. These individuals are advising that the electric bill is unpaid and crews are soon to be en route to disconnect the power unless payment is immediately made. The immediate payment will stop any additional charges on the account for a reconnect fee after the electric crews have disconnected the power.
Sheriff Ben Stewart advises that this is not a normal practice that electric companies use and further cautions homeowners to contact their local office before providing any personal information, including credit card numbers.
These case activities are currently under investigation in Madison and if you feel that you have been a victim of such activity or even an attempt, please contact the Sheriff’s Office with any additional information at (850) 973-4001.