Aurora Police warn of “Xcel” small business scam

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AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora Police Department has warned the public of a scam that targets small businesses, claiming to be with Xcel Energy.

The scam artists in this scam call small businesses and claim to be with Xcel Energy and then state that there is an outstanding electrical bill connected to the business. These scam artists will claim to be en route to the business to turn off the electricity due to non-payment.

When the business claims there is no outstanding bill, the scammers state once it is all straightened out, any duplicate payments will be refunded.

Scammers request payment on reload cards and obtain the card number over the phone. A request is then made to mail the reload cards to an Xcel Energy address.

Once the number on the reload card is provided to the scammer, they are able to transfer the funds off the card and into an account. The transaction cannot be traced and the lost money is not refunded.

Aurora Police warn the public to be aware of this scam and report any suspicious activities to their local police department.

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