Con artists pretend to work for NES, scam money from customers - WKRN News 2

Con artists pretend to work for NES, scam money from customers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police are warning residents to be wary of con artists pretending to work for the Nashville Electric Service.

According to police, the crooks use convincing tactics to scam money from unknowing victims by telling them to pay up or their power will be shut off.

News 2 spoke with a 70-year-old great-grandmother, who did not want to be identified, who said she lost $300 when a fake representative called and told her she was behind on her bill.

The victim said she figured the call was a mistake, but wanted to keep her power on, so she paid the specified amount and thought NES would sort out the problem and she would be reimbursed.

"I always told my husband, ‘How do people get scammed like that?' And it happened to me," she said.

News 2 reached out to NES who said they are working with authorities to put an end to the scam.

"They will place a call to some and they currently give them a very short window of time to pressure them to pay a false bill," explained Lt. Grant Carroll.

He continued, "So the person doesn't have time to think about it. If the person indicates you have to pay with a green dot card, be immediately wary."

NES officials said they are not going to pressure a customer to pay their bill with a green dot card.

Anyone who believes they are the victim of the scam should call police.

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