The Franklin Police Department have been alerted to a phone scam, in which a scammer pretended to be an electric company.
Yesterday, a felon called a Franklin family and told them her electricity would be turned off unless she immediately paid $300 using a MoneyPak card.
The victim purchased a Green Dot MoneyPak card and loaded it with $300 and provided the scammer with the information. The suspect demanded a second payment of $300 and the victim complied. Both cards had been emptied before the resident realized that she had fallen victim to fraud.
Franklin Police recommend never transferring funds through a third-party wire or card services before first calling an official, listed telephone number for the company you are doing business with.
Franklin Police have also confirmed that Middle Tennessee Electric never accepts payment over the telephone unless the call is initiated by the customer.
MoneyPak also advises customers on how to avoid scams by telling consumers to use their MoneyPak number only with businesses on their approved list. The site states, “If anyone else asks for your MoneyPak number or information from your receipt, it’s probably a scam.”