Maine utility warns of scam

Posted June 25, 2010, at 5:37 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. is warning customers about a scam in which a caller claiming to be from the utility seeks payment information.

CMP said Thursday that several automobile dealerships and repair businesses have reported receiving calls advising them that a payment to the power company had been misapplied. The customers were asked to fax copies of the front and back of their checks to a specific toll-free number.

CMP spokesman Gail Rice says the fax number the caller provided is not a CMP number. Rice says CMP is advising its commercial and residential customers to protect their information about financial and utility accounts.

The utility urges its customers not to give out bank account information to anyone who claims to be calling from the company.

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