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Police warn of phone scam

Published On: Jan 04 2014 03:10:09 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 04 2014 12:05:17 PM CST
Phone scam reported

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The Johnson City Police Department is warning residents about a scam.

According to a press release the scam originally surfaced in September 2013 and is now back again.

We’re told customers of the Johnson City Power Board are getting phone calls from someone posing as a Johnson City Power Board collections employee. The caller tells the customer, most of them business owners, if they didn't pay their allegedly overdue accounts by buying a prepaid gift card their electrical service would be disconnected.

Police warn the public to be wary of such calls.

If you do have a question about the JCPB representative on the phone, customers are urged to take their name, department and phone number before hanging up. You can call JCPB customer service at (423) 952-5272 for verification.

If you have information regarding the scam call Crime Stoppers at (423) 434-6158, or you can text a tip by texting 423JCPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).