Bourbon Co. American Legion post scammed in electricity cut off hoax

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – American Legion Post in Millersburg was scammed out of $2,000 after purchasing Thanksgiving food baskets and holiday gifts over the phone, according to the Better Business Bureau.

They say the post commander was in the office Saturday when he received a call from someone alleging to be with Kentucky Utilities.

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The caller claimed that the post’s bill had not been paid, and threatened to cut off the power within 30 minutes if the bill was not paid immediately, according to BBB.

The post commander purchased $2000 worth of Green Dot Moneypak cards.

He was told to call back the fake Kentucky Utilities employee with the numbers on the cards.

The scammers called again on Monday to request more money, but he refused, according to BBB.

They say KU told him that the post’s bill was indeed paid up.

Greendot told him the money is gone.

If you receive any call from a utility provider demanding payment right away, hang up and call the utility yourself from the number on your bill to verify.

Consumers may report scams to BBB Scam Tracker at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.