Scammers posing as the town’s utility company have recently been placing phones calls to local businesses in the town of Culpeper, according to a news release.

The callers demand immediate payment or threaten to turn off the power. Town of Culpeper utilities do no contact customers by phone or in person asking for confidential information, the release stated. In addition, the town does not threaten disconnection for immediate payment in cash or pre-paid cards.

Residents or businesses receiving calls from scammers pretending to be from the local power company and who feel threatened to provide payment or personal information should hang up and call the Town Treasurer’s Office at 540/829-8220.

Residents or businesses approached in person by someone claiming to be from the local power company should always ask to see a company-issued ID.

For information on the wide range of scams in operation, see Better Business Bureau’s Scam Stopper. Anyone who thinks they may have been the victim of a scam should call the Culpeper Police Department at 540/727-3430.

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