Sheriff warns of utility phone scam
FRANKLIN - Sheriff's deputies warned people about what they believe might be a regional scam where con artists claim to be from an area power provider.
Thursday, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said it had received reports of the scam, which is being conducted on the phone. A caller poses as a Cleco representative, and has threatened to disconnect homes and businesses from utility services unless the owner sends money immediately. The scammer uses a spoofed number that appears to be legitimate.
"The hallmark of this scam and other similar scams is that the caller attempts to instill a sense of urgency and fear in the victim," Sheriff Mark Hebert said.
People are reminded not to give out personal information over the phone and to always check with the company through an established phone number.
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