There’s A New Phone Scam Going Around And This One Might Fool You
I've seen this reported by more than person on Facebook, but I haven't seen it yet from any other news source. But since they are folks on Facebook that I know in real life, and I've seen four people post about it just today, I'll let you in on it.
Apparently, there's a Maine number that's reaching out to people, and there's a recording that says they are from Central Maine Power, and that your power is about to be shut off. The recording refers you to an 800 number to call and fix it.
But two of my friends just went ahead and called CMP instead, because their bills are on auto-pay, and CMP said there was no issue with their billing in any way. Furthermore, CMP asked them for the number that got in touch with them so they could research it further on their end.
Now, for us Bangorians, it may not seem like a big deal because we deal with Emera. But it's only a matter of time, I imagine, before we start hearing the same scam there too. And lord knows, we have lots of listeners whom this does affect directly.
There's a good portion of us that don't have to worry as much about these scams because we know better. But sometimes older folks can be easily taken in by a smooth-talking scammer who sounds like they know what they're talking about. So be careful, but also keep an eye on your older relatives.
And most of all, just watch your back. Scammers want your money by any means necessary. It's up to you to make sure they don't get it. May the force be with you.