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Police warn of the return of JCPB telephone scam

Staff Reports • Jan 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Police are warning Johnson City Power Board customers of the apparent return of a past telephone scam.

According to a Johnson City Police Department news release, after a brief layoff, a telephone scam that was occurring in September has returned. In the scam, police say business owners have been targeted, receiving phone calls from people claiming to work for the JCPB collections department, saying that if overdue bills weren’t immediately paid, in the form of purchasing prepaid, reloadable gift cards, their electrical service would be shut off.

The JCPB and JCPD are warning customers to be wary of calls of this nature, and that if they are ever unsure of the person they’re speaking with, they should ask for the representative’s name, department and phone number before calling JCPB customer service at 952-5272.

If a person feels they have been victimized in a scam, they should immediately call 911, Crime Stoppers at 434-6158, or text 423JCPD and the tip to 847411 (TIP411).

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