The National Police warns of a telephone scam involving “non-payment of overdue electricity bills”.

Several complaints with the same pattern have been detected. A call is received from an electricity supply company warning of unpaid bills, and if the amounts are not paid the company threatens to cut off the electricity supply.

Electricity and mobile phone bills

The National Police warns businessmen and individuals of this new type of scam detected in which agents of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Group of the Murcia Regional Police Headquarters have registered several reports of scams committed following the same modus operandi. In these, a call is received from the supposed electricity supply company and they communicate that non-payment of overdue invoices has been detected and that if payment is not made within half an hour, the supply will be cut off.

The police point out that these warnings, when issued by the companies, are not usually conditional on payment within half an hour and give several pieces of advice, including never giving personal or bank details to the caller. To do so, call the information telephone number provided by these companies, which is usually included in the bills.

The perpetrators of this type of scam mainly target cafés, restaurants and other types of businesses whose bills are high after the rise in electricity prices due to the type of economic activity they carry out, although private individuals are not free from this type of scam. In case of any doubt, the police advise people to go to the offices of these supply companies for information before proceeding to make any payment.

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