Mary Alice Reporting – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is sending out a message to all residents of a recent uptick in utility scams.

This is a common scheme where a person will call, pretending to be with a local utility company.

They will then say that the electricity will be shut off for non-payment.

Law enforcement urge residents to not fall victim to this ruse and to not give out personal information, specifically banking numbers or a social security number. They also say to not agree to give payment, in any form, with a reminder that a legitimate company would not accept gift cards.

The best advice is to hang-up and then call the utility provider, from a known number from a monthly bill or their website, to verify.

Folks are asked to notify and remind friends, relatives, and older individuals of this type of scam.

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