Gainesville Regional Utilities customers may have been scammed
Isatou Sarr reported for WUFT-TV.
Gainesville Regional Utilities customers have reported phone calls from scammers who claim their payments are overdue and threaten to disconnect their service.
The scammers, who may pose as GRU representatives, tell customers someone will go to their houses to collect cash payments, according to a GRU news release.
“We do not contact customers by phone to demand immediate payment,” said Mary Brown, GRU customer service manager. GRU representatives should always be able to show proper identification, according to the news release.
Other utilities’ customers around Florida have been asked to make an immediate payment via prepaid debit cards, according to the news release.
Customers who doubt the authenticity of what appears to be GRU contact can call the GRU Customer Service Department 24/7 at 352-334-3434 to check their account statuses. If the communication is suspicious, customers should report it to Gainesville Police Department at 352-955-1818.
More Stories in Local
Grace Marketplace will open an indoor dorm on Wednesday after submitting a Safety and Security policy to the city commission. The shelter will provide beds for 20 guests who are trying to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. In order to stay [...]
Lester Poole has stories he may never get to tell. The 94-year-old served in the United States Coast Guard from 1939 to 1947, during which he traveled the globe and went wherever the tide took him. “South Africa. Brazil,” he [...]
The Kaleidoscope Tour visited Gainesville on Saturday for the 2014 edition of the Color Run. Nicknamed “The Happiest 5K On The Planet,” the run drew hundreds of participants.
Florida’s seventh nursing home for military veterans will be built in western Port St. Lucie. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve $17 million in funding for the 120-bed facility, which will cost an [...]
Ocala religious leaders and the Ocala Police Department organized a community prayer vigil to promote an end to the recent violence in the community. Four drive-by-shootings have left three injured since early September.