Charleston police warn about AEP scam

West Virginia
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The Charleston Police Department is warning people of an AEP phone scam in the area.

Charleston Police said that in the last few days, they have received multiple reports about a fraudulent scheme where the victims report they received a phone call from someone claiming they were from AEP.

Police said the caller tells the victims their power would be cut off if they did not pay a specified amount of money by a particular time.

The caller will then direct the victims to purchase a prepaid card and provide them with the number. The caller gave the victims a number they were to call back once they obtained the prepaid cards.

One of the victims called AEP directly who told them it was a scam and to file a police report.

At this time, police say no charges have been filed in these incidents. If anyone has fallen victim to this scheme, they are encouraged to file a police report with the appropriate law enforcement agency.

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