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ECSO warns that FPL does not collect Bitcoin for your overdue electricity bill: NorthEscambia.com

By on April 17, 2022 0

No, Florida Power & Light does not collect bitcoins for your overdue electric bill.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office warns of such a scam. Investigators said the scammers called people claiming to be FPL or other utility companies or agencies to tell them their bills were overdue. They then ask the customer to deposit money into a bitcoin ATM. The scammer on the phone then sends a QR code to scan at the bitcoin kiosk, but it’s all a scam.

The sheriff’s office wants you to call them at (850) 436-9620 and report calls like this. Do not send money or provide your personal or financial information.

Other tips:

  • Always beware of threatening calls claiming to be from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Always be suspicious when you are asked to send an electronic payment, a payment by “Point Vert” card or a bank transfer.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel something is “just not right,” call your local law enforcement department and report it.

“It’s much easier to prevent fraud in the first place than to get your money back afterwards,” ECSO said.