YPSO warns of new phone scam

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The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office is warning area residents of a recent phone scam involving callers who claim to be representatives from Dominion Power.

According to a news release posted on the YPSO Facebook page, the scammers are calling York County businesses with a notification that their power will be shut off due to a late payment.

“We have called the number back,” the release stated. “Once you are put through to an actual operator and tell them that you wish to pay the late bill, the subject states that you can pay through check, credit or cash, but the payment won’t process for 24-48 hours so your power will still be cut off.”

According to the release, the operator will then give the option of authorizing a same-day payment in order to keep the power turned on at the business. The operator then lists several “authorized locations” to process the same-day payment method.

“They will even go as far as providing the closest Rite Aid address,” the release stated.

Once the address is given, the scammer will give instructions for entering the “authorized location” and purchasing a pre-paid credit card. The instructions will detail where the cards are located, what they look like and how much money to load onto each card. The scammer will then tell the caller to remove the film on the back of the cards and read off the numbers.

“The male provides a very generic name, such as Ethan Rodgers, Frank Willams (He can’t even spell Williams), Tony Mills,” the release stated. “Please do not fall for this!”