Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Scam Targeting Dominion Virginia Power Business Customers

Richmond Police detectives would like to warn area business owners about a scam targeting Dominion Virginia Power business customers.

Detectives are currently investigating at least two incidents on Jan. 4 and Jan. 7 of a man calling a city business, pretending to be a Dominion employee and threatening to cut off power to the business if a certain amount isn’t paid quickly. The scammer tells the business that the account either hasn’t been paid or that there are additional fees on the account.

If you receive one of these phone calls, detectives recommend that customers contact Dominion Virginia Power via a landline phone on one of the agency’s official phone numbers before taking any action.

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of such a crime or anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective Todd Perseghin at (804) 646-3103 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.