The Wentzville Police Department issued a press release Tuesday morning to warn the public about a phone scam that an alert Wentzville business owner brought to the attention of authorities.
The owner of Victorian Nails, 1812 Wentzville Parkway, reported that an unknown male called the business on December 14 stating that he represented the “Electric Company.” He said that the business was overdue on their bill and that the electricity was going to be shut off.
“Instructions were given to the victim to proceed to another location in Wentzville and to purchase a prepaid debit card and then forward the suspect the information via a provided phone number,” police said.
Once this was reported to police and investigated, the phone number was connected to similar types of fraud in the Baltimore, Maryland area. No one has been arrested or charged, and the victim suffered no losses in the attempted scam.
“The Wentzville Police Department wants to encourage our citizens to be extra vigilant during the Holiday Season, to be on the lookout for potential scams and frauds, and to call if anything seems at all suspicious,” the press release stated.
“A phone call to the police before action is taken may prevent the victim from actually becoming a victim.”