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My Town Lowell: Scammer to police chief: 'You owe $3,000'
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My Town Lowell: Scammer to police chief: 'You owe $3,000'

LOWELL, Mich.—When Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala heard about a new potential scam making its way around town, he picked up the phone and called the culprit.

Bukala says on Monday, a business got a call from a person posing as Peter Johnson from Lowell Electric.  The suspect told the business it was $500 behind on its utility bill.  Bukala says the call raised red flags- the utility company for Lowell is Lowell Light and Power and no Peter Johnson works at that company.  The phone number also did not match.

In a post on Facebook, Bukala writes, “Being the good police officer I am, I called Mr. Johnson and asked him how far behind I was on my bill? He said $3,000 and I could pay with a credit card. I explained to him I was the Chief of Police and we don't take kindly to people impersonating our power company. Can you believe he hung up on me?”

Bukala says a city detective is looking into the case.  He wants to remind residents they should never give credit card information to anyone over the phone, and understand that Lowell Light and Power is not collecting overdue bills with a phone call.

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