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Utility scam targets Waunakee store owner


MADISON (WKOW) -- The utility scam that has targeted business owners in Madison is also reaching Waunakee.

One of the most recent victims of the phone fraud is the owner of Fred's Village Meat Market in Waunakee.

Fred Loy says the caller told him he was a collections agent for Waunakee Utilities, and that the power would be immediately turned off if he didn't make his payment.

Loy says he offered various forms of payment, including credit card and check.  Instead, the caller allegedly demanded the payment be made through a $500 Green Dot Moneypak card from Walgreens.

"That kind of got me thinking, well, something's wrong, so I called the Waunakee Police Department," Loy said.

Waunakee Utilities told 27 News that it never asks customers to purchase gift cards to avoid disconnection of service.  Instead, customers would receive a mailed letter of notification ten days prior to disconnected power along with a bright orange notice at a property 24 hours before end of service.

Officials from Waunakee Police Department say to call the police or your utilities provider if you receive a suspicious phone call, and to alert friends and neighbors if you encounter a problem.

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