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NEWPORT NEWS—Newport News police are warning residents after a recent spike in reported scams involving prepaid money cards.

In many cases, someone calls claiming to be a representative from a utility company, like Dominion Virginia Power or Verizon. The caller says that a bill is overdue, and to avoid shutoff, the customer has to pay with a prepaid card. Naming this as the only acceptable method of payment is the red flag said officers with the department’s economic crimes unit.

Source: http://www.dailypress.com/news/crime/dp-nws-newport-news-money-scam-20140903,0,760103.story

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