KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police in Kennebunk are warning residents of a scam targeting customers of Kennebunk Light and Power.
Police say they have received several reports of a scam where customers get a call from someone claiming to be with Kennebunk Light and Power who say that the customers bill was past due. The customer is then told that if the bill is not made within the hour, their power will be cut off. The victim of the scam is then given an "801" number to make the payment.
Police say in one incident, which involved a local business, the person who answered the phone told the business they owed over $1,000.00, and had an approximate two hour time frame in order to pay their outstanding bill in full. No money was paid.
Officials say the 801 number was registered in Utah. Calls by police to the number went unanswered and directly to voicemail.
KLP is familiar with the scam. It was first reported to them, and then to the police.
KLP stressed to police this is not their method of operation. Poliec and KPL say they've asked individuals receiving similar phone calls to not make payments as requested and to contact their respective power supplier in order to make them aware and to check on the status of their personal account.