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Carroll State's Attorney warns about BGE bill scams

The Carroll County State's Attorney's Office is warning residents about a utility bill payment scam targeting both businesses and individual residents.

The Economic Crimes Unit of the state's attorney's office has received information about several recent incidents in which a caller tells the victim their BGE bills have not been paid, and threatens service will be disconnected if immediate payment isn't made, according to a new release from State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo. The caller then requests payment through a reloadable credit card.

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In some cases, the scam may incorporate the victim's actual account number and it may appear the call is coming from a legitimate BGE number, according the news release.

If you receive a call demanding immediate payment for any service by purchasing a gift card, reloadable credit card or wiring money, hang up immediately and call local law enforcement.

DeLeonardo also said to never provide personal information to a caller requesting payment.

BGE, in a separate press release about these scams from earlier this summer, notes that it will never ask for payment using one of these methods, and suggests that consumers review BGE's website regarding official payment methods and other information about utility impostors.

BGE also asks customers report any incident to them by calling 800-685-0123.

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