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Restaurant loses $500 in energy company phone scam

Published: Mon, September 16, 2013 @ 10:46 a.m.

AUSTINTOWN — An Austintown business is out $500 after receiving a phone call from someone masquerading as a representative from an energy company.

Peking Palace on Mahoning Avenue received a call at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 from someone who claimed to be an employee of Direct Energy, according to a police report.

The caller claimed that the company no longer accepted check payments and in order for Peking Palace to continue receiving service there needed to be $500 sent through a prepaid credit card.

The restaurant owner did what was asked and then a few days later talked with Direct Energy and discovered the previous call was a fraud. A Direct Energy representative said the company only accepted check payments.

The owner contacted the prepaid card company and was told to file a police report.

Police are investigating.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

this scam remains alive and well...greedy people in the world

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2margaux(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is why it is important that we read posts and feedback on the most recent phone scams from consumer complaints websites such as Callercenter.com just to get updated. It helps a lot when we are aware.

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