First Energy warns of payment scam

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you get a call from someone claiming to be from First Energy and asking for money, just hang up.

A Boardman beauty shop got that call this week, and its caller ID even said First Energy.

Debra Cormel was told she owed $989, and if she didn’t pay within an hour, the power would be turned off.

She caught on when they suggested buying a pre-paid credit card to cover the bill.

“Having people buy a pre-paid card, or giving them only one option to pay their bill, or telling them they’re going to be shut off very quickly if they don’t pay, that’s not something that we would do,” First Energy Spokesman Chris Eck said.

Eck said the company has heard about this happening so much, it’s added a special section on its website where you can report a call.

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