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MCARTHUR - Vinton
County Sheriff Shawn reported
that on October 1, a
business owner in Vinton County received
a phone call from a man saying his
name was Charles Henderson with Buckeye Rural Electric. The caller claimed the business
was seriously behind on the gas bill.
owner told the male
caller she had all electric and no gas, then the caller provided a phone number, instructing the owner to call and
ask for "Stephanie” who would then
verify the past due billing.
Stephanie informed the
owner she owed $2,098
and her electric
service would be
disconnected within the hour if she did not pay. Stephanie then instructed the owner to go to a
Kroger or Dollar Store with cash and then call back for further
instructions. The number that came up on the
was 218-600-2650. A Google search of
the phone number indicated it was part of a scam.
“This is an obvious scam so don’t fall this. It is serious
because the callers
are telling you to bring cash somewhere and then call them back,” Sheriff Justice said. “This
could be a possible robbery attempt,
or it could be that they would have you
get a money order and tell you where to send it.
“If you ever have a question or a "