Collier authorities receive reports of water bill scam

Author: wink news

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The Collier County Sheriff’s Office fraud hotline is receiving calls about a water bill scam aimed at laundromats.

The caller claims to be an employee with the “Collier Water Department.”

Police say the caller tells the potential victim that the business’ water payment is past due and the water will be turned off if payment is not received within 90 to 120 minutes.

Anyone who encounters a suspicious e-mail, phone call, text or other form of communication can call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Call Before You “Pay” hotline at 239-252-CALL (2255).

The hotline is staffed by a CCSO deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Based on the information provided, the deputy will advise whether the communication sounds like a scam and provide tips to help the caller make a wise decision before moving forward.

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