GRU warns of scammer targeting businesses


Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.

A scam artist has been calling Gainesville Regional Utilities business customers claiming to be a representative of the utility, according to a news release GRU has issued warning customers.

The scammer is telling people they have to make an immediate payment with a cash-reload card if they want to keep their business’s utility service from getting disconnected, according to the news release.

So far, two businesses have been scammed for $800 each, said Dave Warm with GRU marketing and communications.

One restaurant got a call during its lunch rush from someone who claimed to be a GRU representative making a courtesy call before disconnecting the electric service for the establishment in 45 minutes. The call showed up in caller ID as having come from a GRU number.

People who get this kind of phone call shouldn’t fulfill the request, according to the news release. GRU doesn’t call either business or residential customers to demand personal information or payments over the phone.

Anyone who isn’t sure if correspondence that looks like it’s coming from GRU is authentic can call 334-3434 for customer service assistance. If the situation is deemed suspicious, they can call the Gainesville Police Department at 955-1818 to report it.

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