Scam targets power customers - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Scam targets power customers

Posted: Updated:
DURHAM, N.C. -

Homeowners and small businesses in the Triangle and across the country are being targeted by scammers posing as the power company.

The scammers threaten to turn off your power unless you pay big bucks on the spot.

Randy's Pizza in Durham was a recent victim. The business received a call during the busy lunch hour rush from someone posing as Duke Energy employee saying they had 45 minutes to call back with a prepaid debit card to pay an outstanding bill or the power would be shut off.

The business didn't want to take a chance, so it paid nearly $900.

"I will never see it," owner David Kolenberg said of the money. "There is no way to catch these people. It was a good scam."

Duke Energy said similar scams are happening in other regions with the crooks posing as whatever that local power company is.

The company said it always provides advance notice of a power shut off and would never ask a customer to pay with a prepaid card on the spot.

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan is an investigative reporter and anchor with over a decade of experience. Jonathan has broken stories that have resulted in local and statewide change. Contact our Investigative Team anytime HERE. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:48:25 GMT
    James SiebenthalJames Siebenthal
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • BCSO Searches For Missing Hilton Head Island Couple

    UPDATE: Missing Couple Found Safe

    UPDATE: Missing Couple Found Safe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:49:44 GMT
    The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is searching for two missing, possibly endangered people out of Hilton Head Island. Kenneth Anderson, 87, and Phyllis Anderson, 85, were reportedly on their way to visit family in Lawrenceville, Ga. at about 10 a.m. on Friday.
    The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is searching for two missing, possibly endangered people out of Hilton Head Island. Kenneth Anderson, 87, and Phyllis Anderson, 85, were reportedly on their way to visit family in Lawrenceville, Ga. at about 10 a.m. on Friday.
  • SURVELLIANCE VIDEO: Runaway Horse in Downtown Savannah

    SURVELLIANCE VIDEO: Runaway Horse in Downtown Savannah

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:08:52 GMT
    WSAV has learned that a horse carriage was involved in an accident in downtown Savannah on Monday. A viewer tells News 3 that the horse went 'berserk' after the accident. Savannah Police have closed
    WSAV has learned that a horse carriage was involved in an accident in downtown Savannah on Monday.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.