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Police warn of phone scams

February 27, 2014

Online Staff Report

Rockford authorities are warning area residents of a phone scam involving ComEd customers, police announced Thursday, Feb. 27.

According to police, several customers have contacted the Rockford Police Department to report that male called them advising he was from ComEd, their account was overdue and their power would be shut off.

The caller asked that prepaid debit cards be obtained to pay the overdue balances.

ComEd has confirmed the scam. Citizens are also being warned that utility companies never ask customers for prepaid debit cards to pay their bills. 

Police say scammers also operate using Skype and websites that allow third parties to access personal computers.

In another scam, fraudulent callers are also contacting elderly residents and advising that their child or grandchild has been arrested in another country and that large sums of money are needed for their release.

Most of the calls originate from outside the country, police said. Citizens are urged to contact local law enforcement to report any suspicious calls.

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