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GEORGIA POWER WARNS OF UTILITY IMPOSTORS

 GEORGIA POWER WARNS OF UTILITY IMPOSTORS
 ATLANTA, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power Co. is warning


customers, especially the elderly, to be wary of individuals posing as utility employees with the intention of entering homes and stealing cash and other valuables.
 On Oct. 2, two utility impostors approached an elderly woman at her home in Macon and said they were "sent from downtown to check the wiring," according to Georgia Power security investigator Gene Dettmering. When she questioned why they didn't call first, they replied that it was an emergency and they didn't have time.
 When the woman questioned them further, they asked to review her monthly statement "to credit her account" but she refused.
 "She was lucky because she was knowledgeable enough not to fall victim to their scam," said Dettmering. "This seems to happen right after the first of month when the elderly receive their Social Security checks."
 Dettmering urges customers not to let strangers into their home to check the wiring, fuse box, circuit breakers or any other electrical equipment.
 Should a Georgia Power employee need to enter a customer's home, he or she will make an appointment in advance, Dettmering said, adding that company employees on official business drive company vehicles, carry company identification badges and identify themselves by name.
 Similar incidents have occurred in other cities throughout the state.
 If a utility impostor is suspected, avoid confrontation. Call the local police department, Georgia Power office or Dettmering at 404-526-2758.
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 /CONTACT: Barry Inman of Georgia Power, 800-282-1696 or 404-526-7676/ CO: Georgia Power Company ST: Georgia IN: UTI SU:


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