Local Dominion Virginia Power representatives joined the Northumberland Board of Supervisors regular monthly meeting on Jan. 12, to give an overview of their work in Northumberland County, but also to ask the supervisors to warn their residents of an increase in phone scams.
According to a Dominion press release, scammers claiming to be with Dominion have contacted nearly 2,800 of their customers demanding over $1.2 million in fraudulent payments within a year’s time. Hundreds of their customers have fallen victim and paid over $150,000 in response to calls threatening to disconnect their electric service.
“Your power company is not going to call you and demand money on the phone,” stated Charles Donato of Dominion’s External Affairs at the meeting, “We have worked with sheriff’s departments in some of the communities of the Northern Neck to let this be known.”
Phone scams are not exclusive to Dominion and its customers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) states each year thousands of people lose their money to these types of scams. The FTC specifically outlines these kinds of scams on their website, stating that scammers often claim to work for a company a consumer trusts or might even send the individual mail to convince them to call the scammer.