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BRIEF: Alcoa warns of phone scam

May 3, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

May 03--Alcoa officials are warning residents and businesses of a phone scam in which someone calls, threatens to cut off their electricity and demands payment via credit card.

Authorities made the warning after several businesses were contacted Friday morning by a person falsely identifying himself as being with the city electric department, according to a news release.

A man who identified himself as "Alan" and left a phone number of 230-7343 told one business the power was going to be cut off if they did not pay immediately.

The caller then provided a bogus payment amount while asking for the business's credit card information, authorities said.

None of the businesses contacted gave the caller the information he requested and instead called the city's business office, officials said.

According to the news release, officials believe the calls are originated from outside of the United States.

Residents are asked to call the Alcoa Police Department at 865-981-4111 to report any such phone calls.

More details as they develop online and in Saturday's News Sentinel.


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