Tulsa businesses hit with the same scam


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/22 10:11 pm Published: 1/22 8:24 pm


Tulsa police say at least six Tulsa businesses have been hit with the same scam this week.

"They are letting people know, hey we know your account number and making people think they are legitimate," said Detective Matthias Wicks, Tulsa Police Department.

Con artists are calling companies and saying they haven't paid their electrical bills.

"It was right at closing time on a Friday evening and the man was super nice and very polite and he said it was a courtesy call to let us know our electric was going to be shut off," said Sharon Pollock, owner of Ann's Bakery.

Pollock said her first thought was her business.

"I had no idea and so all I was thinking are my ovens are going down and my freezers are going down and this is the weekend," Polluck said.

Pollock told FOX23 the man on the phone told her she only had 30 minutes to take care of it.

"He gave me the location of where to go to the CVS Pharmacy to pay the bill and it would go directly to PSO," said Polluck.

She went to CVS and bought a Green Dot card like the man on the phone told her to do and put about $400 dollars on the card.

"I'm thinking the whole time, is this a scam or what is this, but my daughter was out of town and did all the book work and I couldn't reach her," said Polluck.

She said trying to verify with AEP was impossible since it was late in the day on Friday.

"They call you back and then you get a confirmation number and they say OK it's taken care of and this will go towards your account."

The con artists also scammed The Corn Popper.


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Mayor Maynot - 1/23/2014 7:37 AM
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Out of towners ? Certainly not the Honeymooners, Green dot?

karlschneider - 1/22/2014 8:54 PM
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If you get a call like this, tell the caller "Fine, I will meet you or your service man at my electric meter and we will sort it out". Then call the police immediately and tell them what's up. Don't EVER fall for these kinds of scams.
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