FPL Phone Scam Prevention

The Flagler Beach Police Department is providing this awareness announcement in an effort to warn and alert citizens in our community that there is a telephone “scam” currently taking place in the area.

The scams involves a phone call from an individual representing themselves as an employee from Florida Power Light (FPL). In the only reported case in Flagler Beach the business owner was skeptical of the call and refused to provide any information. The caller advised that the business failed to pay the previous month’s electric bill and that a payment needed to be made immediately.

Florida Power & Light is aware of the current “scam” and their website posted the following information; “Phone scammers posing as FPL employees are targeting customers across our 35 county service territory. These scammers are using false phone numbers that could appear on a caller ID to be FPL. They then threaten to shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot Money-Pak card. These calls are not from FPL. We will never call and demand credit card information or take Green Dot Money-Pak cards as payment. In fact, we do not ask for any personal information from you unless you initiate the contact. If you ever receive a strange call and are in doubt, hang up and call us at the phone number list ed at t he bot tom of y our FP L bill.”

Citizens in our community should stay vigilant and maintain a healthy skepticism should they receive any telephone calls of this nature. If you receive a call of this nature and are unsure if it’s legitimate, becautious and contact your local Law Enforcement agency for assistance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

Additional on-line information on FPL “Scams, Fraud & Imposters” can be located at; https://www.fpl.com/landing/protect.html. The toll free phone number to report any FPL scam is 1-800-226-3545.