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St. Cloud police warns of OUC scam

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

The St. Cloud Police Department announced that a statewide Orlando Utilities Commission scam recently hit businesses in St. Cloud.

Officers received a call from a local business saying that someone claiming to be from the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) called them on an overdue electric bill. The caller, who identified himself as Jean Luis and speaks with a Creole accent, tells the business that a cash payment is required immediately to pay for the overdue bill. To make the payment, the caller said that the money would need to be wired to the business’ OUC account from a 7-Eleven. When the business asked if the call was a fraud attempt, the caller refused to answer any more questions.

The St. Cloud Police Department says that OUC and St. Cloud Utilities will not contact businesses via telephone. The department also advises that if anyone receives a similar call, do not provide payment information or any form of personal or financial information. Those that do receive similar calls should call St. Cloud Utilities at 407-957-7344 or OUC at 407-957-7373.

When reporting a scam incident to law enforcement, be ready to provide the following information:  Date and time the call was received; specific demands the caller made, gender and accent of the caller, and caller ID (if available).

Anyone with information on these types of calls is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 407-891-6702 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).