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Boone business hit in bill scam

Deputies are warning business owners in Boone County to be aware of a scam involving a phony utility bill.

Two businesses already have been scammed out of hundreds of dollars, Boone Chief Deputy Chad Barker said. He said both businesses received a call from a person they believed worked for Appalachian Power.

The person told the businesses they had not received payment on their accounts and asked them to make a payment over the phone.

One business paid $1,500 while the other paid $500.

Barker said neither business owed on its account and that they'd been scammed.

One way to protect against such a scam is to contact the utility before making any payments and verify your account information and standing. Barker said if a person feels that they have been the victim of such a scam or has received one of these calls, they may contact the Boone Sheriff's Department at 304-369-7340.


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