Scammers target local business
The Grand Junction Police Department is warning the public about a new scam that recently cost a local restaurant more than $1,000.
According to police, a man called the restaurant during a busy time of day, claiming that he worked for a local power company. The scammer said the restaurant had a past-due balance on its account, and if it wasn't paid within an hour, the power would be shut off.
The scammer then provided instructions on how to pay the outstanding balance using pre-paid debit cards that can be purchased at area stores, according to the release.
Police said an employee of the restaurant provided the scammer with the numbers off the cards, and then the scammer had access to all of the money that had been placed on those cards.
Police warn that even though this incident involved a restaurant, it doesn't mean the scammer won't target additional businesses or homes using the same ploy.
To avoid becoming a victim, police say if you get a similar call, do not provide the caller with any information from any of your bank accounts or debit cards. Instead, hang up, call your power company using the phone number listed on your bill, and verify whether you owe any money.
If you believe you're a victim of this scam, you can pick up a fraud packet at the Grand Junction Police Department, located at 555 Ute Avenue.
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