Scammers target businesses

OKEECHOBEE — Five businesses within the city limits were all targeted by scammers Thursday afternoon but none of them fell for the con, said a police detective.

Detective Bill Saum, from the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said four restaurants and one dental office were contacted July 7 about their power bills being overdue.

Okeechobee City Police Department

Okeechobee City Police Department

“They were told to pay the bill now or their power would be shut off in 20 minutes,” said the detective.

However, no one fell for the con. Instead, they all contacted the police department.

No one in the county was contacted Thursday by the scammers, said Sheriff Paul May.

Detective Saum said to pay the bill, the intended victim was given a phone number to call. Someone on the other end of the line would then answer “Florida Power and Light.” At that point the victim would say they wanted to pay their electric bill, and they would then be told to use a prepaid credit card.

“If you don’t have a prepaid credit card, they will wait while you go get one,” offered Detective Saum.

If you should get such a phone call, hang up and contact the police department at 863-763-5521. If you live in the county, call the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office at 863-763-3117.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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