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The Georgia Power Scam

POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

There are people at it again, pretending to be Georgia Power, but their tricks have changed.

When Georgia Power was contacted and told about people that were calling customers claiming they were with the company, they said it was not a surprise and they have released warnings.

However, what Georgia Power did not know was that the scammers are now demanding customers meet them at a specified location, with cash only, threatening that their power will be shut off because they are overdue.

This scam happened to Lovezolla's in Pooler. The pizza and subs restaurant's owners quickly caught on to the con. They said someone claiming to be Georgia Power called them earlier this week, claiming their bill was overdue and they would only take cash and a meeting in person at another location.

Tim Lovezolla said the number showed up as a Kansas City, MO number, which was the first red flag. The second red flag was the cash on demand, and the third was the actual amount the scammer claimed was overdue.

"I owed $825.14, and maybe 20 years ago our electric bill was that, but not this day and time," said Lovezzola. "It is a lot more than they were requesting. They wanted to put me on hold to find the nearest drop off location, but at that point, I let him know what he was doing was a scam."

When asked what the scammer did after he was confront, Lovezzola said the scammer hung up. Lovezzola then called Pooler Police.

Georgia Power said this is the first incident it has heard of the cash drop off requests by scammers, but they said Georgia Power would never ask a customer to purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide the card's account number over the phone as a form of payment, and the company does not collect payments in the field.

When in doubt, call Georgia Power directly.

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