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Scammers targeting businesses with Toledo Edison information

(Toledo News Now) -

A new scam is costing local businesseshundreds of dollars. Maumee Police say someone has been calling localbusinesses and posing as a representative from Toledo Edison.

The caller asks for an immediate payment witha Green Dot Card and threatens to shut the power off if people don't comply.

"We have had many reports of this goingon," said Dick Eppstein from the Better Business Bureau. "Businesses are put ina very serious crisis when a call like this comes and they must not fall forit."

How do these scammers do it? What makes themsound so believable?

It turns out anyone can access basic accountinformation like your balance and last payment through an automated phonesystem Toledo Edison has.  All you need to access that information is thecompany's address or phone number.

Toledo News Now called Toledo Edison to seeif they were aware of the scam and what's being done on their end to stopit.  Representatives say they just put a new security system in placeabout three months ago that uses caller ID to track who's accessinginformation. If the same phone number tries to access more than one account,it's immediately blocked.

Toledo Edison representatives say they willnever ask you to pay with a Green Dot Card and the Better Business Bureau saysthose cards are often involved in scams.

"Ifsomebody says to you, ‘We have to have you go to the drug store to buy theGreen Dot Card,' that's ridiculous. Don't fall for it," Eppstein said.

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