CAIRO — The Cairo Police Department is warning residents of a potential phone scam which is targeting city utilities customers.

Administrative Lieutenant Karen Cromartie said the police department has received at least a handful of reports from residents who have received phone calls from a representative claiming to work for Georgia Power. The representative demands immediate payment of the customer’s utilities account through a pre-paid card and threatens to disconnect utility service if payment is not received within the hour.

Cromartie said the calls, which are not authorized by or affiliated with the city, are from scammers who are likely preying on people who have received stimulus checks.

“They’re trying to scam people out of their money, especially older people,” Cromartie said.

The City of Cairo will never ask customers to provide payment in the form of Green Dot, Account Now, Vanilla Cards or any other type of pre-paid card, the police department said in a statement. Additionally, Cromartie said Georgia Power has no presence in Cairo.

City utilities customers can make payments online, over the phone or in-person at the utilities off on 100 2nd Street SW.

Anyone who receives a call they suspect to be a scam is asked to call the utilities office at (229) 377-1722.

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