DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are warning business owners and homeowners to be on alert.
The person on the other end of that ringing phone may not be the person they claim to be.
“It kind of startled me,” said Mark Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Jewelry and Loand.
Gordon said he got a couple calls Saturday from someone pretending to be Dayton Power and Light. The caller said a technician was on his way to turn off the power if Gordon did not pay more than $1800.
In a recording made by Gordon, the caller asks him to go to CVS or Rite Aid to get a prepaid card to make a payment on his electric bill.
Police in Kettering said a restaurant got similar phone calls asking for personal information to be given immediately or risk losing power.
“It was a business that was open serving food and they try to catch an employee off-guard by saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to turn your power off immediately’,” said Officer Ron Robert with the Kettering Police Department.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has advice for people who may receive a suspicious phone call.
People should always ask the caller to identify themselves and provide written documentation. Utility companies are also required to give notice advanced notice of any possible disconnection.
Police are warning people not to give out personal information over the phone when it comes to credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, or checking accounts.