CPD warns of util­ity bill scam

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The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment is warn­ing Cov­ing­ton util­ity cus­tomers against a scam.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, in­di­vid­u­als are con­tact­ing cus­tomers to tell them they are delin­quent on their util­ity bills. The in­di­vid­u­als go on to say their ser­vice will be cut off if they do not pay their bills im­me­di­ately. The in­di­vid­ual then re­quests that the cus­tomer pro­vide ei­ther a credit card num- ber or pur­chase a green dot card.

CPD warns that “this is fraud. The city of Cov­ing­ton does not call cus­tomers delin­quent on their util­ity bill. This in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided on their ac­tual bill.”

The CPD ad­vises that if you have been con­tacted by in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sent­ing them­selves as Cov­ing­ton util­ity em­ploy­ees and have pro­vided th­ese in­di­vid­u­als with pay­ment con­tact the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment and file a po­lice re­port.

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