Jonesboro Restaurant Falls Victim To Scam

Jonesboro Restaurant Falls Victim To Scam

A Jonesboro restaurant has fallen victim to a utility scam.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A Jonesboro restaurant has fallen victim to a utility scam.

Police told reporters that a man posing as a Jonesboro City Water & Light employee called Barnhill's Buffet June 28 and told an employee that the restaurant's $897.34 utility bill was past due and that its electricity would be shut off. Police say a financial officer at the restaurant approved paying by phone with a prepaid credit card.

The restaurant learned July 1 that the call was a scam when a manager contacted the utility to confirm payment.

A manager at the restaurant said she was unable to discuss the incident.

CW&L special projects administrator Kevan Inboden told reporters that the utility doesn't normally contact customers by phone about past due bills and doesn't ask for payment over the phone.

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