JOHNSON CITY, TN – The Johnson City Police Department is warning residents and business owners about a telephone scam involving people who claim to be representatives of Johnson City Power Board.
The police department has received reports of customers receiving calls from an unknown person claiming to be a power board collection employee.
The caller tells the victim that if they did not immediately pay their alleged overdue account by buying and providing information from prepaid gift cards, their electrical service would be disconnected.
The scam started in September of 2014, was shut down for a while, and now police say the phone calls have started again.
If customers receive a suspicious phone call, the police department recommends asking for the representative’s name, department, and phone number before hanging up and contacting the power board’s customer service division for verification.
The Johnson City Police Department also warns the public to guard their personal information and never give out financial information over the phone.
Also, police ask anyone with information about this or any other scam to call Crimestoppers at (423) 434-6158 or the JCPB Customer Service Division at 423-952-5272.