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SCAM ALERT: Scammers posing as Gulf Power bill collectors

Florida's Attorney General has joined gulf power in warning customers about a scam.
People claiming to be from the company have been calling customers ,threatening to cut off their service and asking for payment information.

Two local business owners who recently received those phone calls.
Gulf Power says its employees will never call you asking for your personal information.
But that's just what these crooks keep doing.
The company says more than 125 customers have reported getting phone calls from the scammers since the beginning of the year in locations throughout Northwest Florida.
Many of the people targeted have been small business owners, who've said they've received calls from a man dialing from a local 850 phone number.

Steve Vatsolakais, Owner, Shoreline Food Store: "He told me that they were gonna cut the power in an hour and I just got really upset."

Rayona Hunt, Owner, The Coffee House: "He said we don't accept credit cards. He wanted me to go down to QVS down here on the corner, which he knew exactly where it was at and get what they call a MoneyPack and then call him back with the barcode and give him the number so he could withdraw from the card."
I called the phone number business owners and others say the suspects have been using.
I heard a recording of a male voice saying i'd reached Gulf Power.
A man from the same number called me back saying he was not with the company.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says similar scams have been going on throughout the state.

If you have any information that can help investigators, or if you've fallen victim to this scheme, you're asked to call law enforcement immediately, and call Gulf Power at 1-800-225-5797.