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SWFL residents falling victim to electricity restoration scams

Writer: Melvin Vigo
Published: Updated:
Credit: City of Naples

Southwest Florida residents are being scammed just days after Hurricane Ian swept through Florida.

Scammers are promising residents to have their electricity restored quickly if they pay a certain amount.

Scammers are sending bar codes that look like the “Pay Near Me” program. A barcode is provided with symbols for RaceTrac, 7-Eleven, Publix, etc.

The City of Naples urges residents not to fall victim to this scam.

FPL does not conduct such operations.

Some of the most common scams include:

  • The caller pretends to be a Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) employee and insists your account is delinquent. Caller ID may even falsely display our number and appear to be FPL.
  • The caller threatens to turn off power to your home or business within an hour if payment isn’t made immediately and may even claim a truck is on the way.
  • The caller demands immediate payment only with a prepaid card or wire transfer and provides a callback number that mimics our customer service line.

For more information on FPL and on avoiding scams, go to: https://www.fpl.com/landing/protect.html