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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Frederick Police Department is warning citizens of telephone calls coming from people who claim to be employees of Potomac Edison and claim the victims owe money.

Police said they have received several reports recently of victims getting calls from subjects claiming they owe money on their electric bill and that their electric will be shut off by the end of the day if they do not pay money right away.

Authorities said the victims are told to buy a prepaid Green Dot money card for a certain amount. The victims then call the telephone number back and give the card number, which allows the money to be taken out.

Authorities said if residents get similar calls they are supposed to contact the Potomac Edison to verify their account status. Police also said, it is not common for Potomac Edison to tell customers to purchase money card in order to pay for their account.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Frederick Police Department to report any suspicious telephone calls/activities by calling 301-600-2102. Tips can also be left anonymously on the Frederick Police Department tip line at 301-600-TIPS (8477), emailed to: fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org, or sent via text to 240-674-TIPS (8477).

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