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Police Receive Reports of Electric Company Fraud Scheme

Police say the man told the businesses their account owed money and their electricity would be turned off at the end of the day if they didn't give personal and account information over the phone.

FREDERICK, Md. - Police in Frederick say a man tried to scam three businesses and got the account information of one business in an electric company fraud scheme.

Frederick City Police say last week they got complaints of the scam from businesses along West Patrick Street.

The owners say a man called and claimed to work for Potomac Edison energy company.

"The person calling and trying to elicit money, they're producing a call-back number with an extension, so it seems legitimate to people who receive these telephone calls," said Lt. Dwight Sommers, with the Frederick City Police Department.

Police say the man told the businesses their account owed money and their electricity would be turned off at the end of the day if they didn't give personal and account information over the phone. One business gave that information and had to shut down their bank account.

"The victim in this case was referred to the bank so they could close the account and monitor it for any fraudulent activity," Sommers said.

If you get one of these phone calls, you should get in touch with Potomac Edison (FirstEnergy) at 1-800-686-0011 or www.firstenergycorp.com.

"We would recommend that they call Potomac Edison to check their account balance and their account status to determine if they are in default or behind on payments and then basically report that information to the police department so that we can get it out to the general public," Sommers said.

Police remind businesses and residents they should never give personal or banking information over the phone.

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