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Scammers Pose as Penelec

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Scammers are out for your money, and this time they're posing as an electric company.

We've learned that callers posing as Penelec are demanding money from local businesses and residents.

This particular phone scam has red flags all over it, although one man who got the call said the actors are pretty convincing.

They tell you your electric bill never came through, and that your electric will be turned off if you don't pay up.

Bill Wykoff owns the Gulf gas station on 38th and Liberty.

He got a call at his office there Friday morning, from someone who said they worked for Penelec.

They told him he needed to pay $1,200, and fast. They gave him two hours before they claimed his electricity would be shut off.

They also asked him to pay with a "green dot money pack", which you purchase at drug stores. That would get them the money immediately.

It seemed strange enough, but there was another tip-off.

"I asked to speak to his supervisor and he stated that the supervisors not taking calls today, and just kept repeating that I had to get going immediately," said Wykoff.

Wykoff called Penelec, and we also reached out to the company.

They said they said the scam is actually hitting people in a lot of their service areas in several states.

In a statement they gave to us, a spokesman for the parent company FirstEnergy said:

"Penelec never phones someone or shows up in person demanding immediate payment... If we ever show up for collection purposes, all of our employees wear a photo ID."

If you're one of the people the scammers target, Penelec asks you to please report the call to your local police department.

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