- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County residents and business owners are being warned of a scam in which people posing as utility workers threaten to turn off electricity unless the victim pays for allegedly overdue bills.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that at least 45 people in Burbank have been targeted in the scam in the past two weeks.

Police say the scammer typically asks the victim to provide account information and wire funds or load money onto a prepaid debit card.

It’s unclear how many people have lost money.

Officials are reminding customers that a utility would discontinue service only after a lengthy process that includes multiple written notifications.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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