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Brookhaven Police Seek Suspect Behind Georgia Power scam

A man posting as a Ga. Power contractor told a local business he needed to install a new meter that would have to be paid for onsite.

From the city of Brookhaven:

Brookhaven Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a suspect attempting to scam residents and businesses by impersonating a Georgia Power contractor.

Recently, a man pretending to be a contractor for Georgia Power visited a Brookhaven business. He advised an employee that he needed to install a new meter and that the business would have to pay onsite to have the job completed, or he would have to turn the lights off. At the same time, the business received a phone call from a 1-800 number claiming to be a representative for the contracting business. The representative corroborated the contractor’s story.

The Brookhaven business manager, skeptical of the situation, called Georgia Power. Georgia Power Corporate Security confirmed that there have been cases where contractors have scammed existing clients by posing as Georgia Power employees in this manner. Georgia Power does not collect past due accounts onsite, nor do they charge clients for hardware or equipment. 

The suspect is described as a 6’2” white male in his early 40s. He is neatly groomed with black hair and brown eyes. He wears a red collared shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and a white Georgia Power hard hat. He may drive a white GMC Georgia Power van sporting Georgia Power decals or placards.

Officers are currently working with Georgia Power Corporate Security to identify and locate the alleged scammer. Please contact Brookhaven Police at 678-637-0600 if you are faced with a similar situation.

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