CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
FRAUD ALERT- Impostors Posing as Power Companies Trying to Scam Businesses
(August 22, 2014)- Cape Coral Police Financial Crimes Unit wants to warn businesses of a new scam that is popping up in SW Florida, including here in Cape Coral.
Impostors, posing as representatives from LCEC or FPL are calling businesses, threatening to turn off the business’ electricity unless the business pays an “outstanding bill balance” immediately, using a money transfer or “Green Dot” card.
The problem is, these business are paid in full and these “representatives” scammers.
Remember, utilities companies will not call and demand immediate payment like this, or ask you to use money transfer services or Green Dot cards for payment. This should be a major "red flag" for consumers. When in doubt, hang up and contact your utility company directly at a known-good phone number.
If you are contacted by a scammer such as this, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at (239) 574-3223.