Palm Bay police issue power bill scam warning

PALM BAY, Fla. – Palm Bay police are warning people of a scam that uses the local power company as a way to get money.

The warning was issued after two local businesses reported being victimized.  A third business was contacted but did not release any information.

Police say the scammers claim to be a Florida Power & Light employee. The caller says the victims are past due on their bill and must pay.

The victims are then given fake bank routing numbers and asked to give their personal information, including their Social Security number.

Police say what makes this scam seem legitimate is that they know the name of the business and recommend that personal information is not given over the phone.