Phone Scam Warning

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Normally I send the paper humor, but today the subject is a scam. Yesterday I
received a phone call from a woman who said she was with FPL. She went to some extent to establish my name and house address, which is common information. Then she said she was calling to offer me a premium if I qualified, explaining that a program of some sort had been started to offer discounts to certain households on their electric bills. She said it had been determined that it was unfair that people could not choose their electric company. She did not want to send the details in the mail.

She said they had representatives in the neighborhood, and wouldn’t I like to have them drop by and do an electrical survey. The main qualifier stated was that we spent over $150.00 per month on electricity, and that we could receive a discount of 15% to 30% on the bill. Hearing that, I commented that it was too good to be true, and the conversation began to degrade after that. I had recognized that the call was probably a scam early on, but I did hear a man’s voice in the background whispering to just hang up.

I’ve informed FPL of this call, and will forward information to the Sheriff’s Department. I’m not sure if they were ‘phishing’ for financial information or if they were ‘casing’ houses for robberies. I’d like to pass this information on in order to help discourage these people.

 

Steve Roberts
Fort Myers Beach