Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Utility Scam‏

City of Manassas, VA . . . The City of Manassas would like residents and business to be aware of a new payment scam.  In this scam, the caller tells the resident or business that he/she is with the City of Manassas Power Company disconnect team and that they will cut off the person’s power if the resident does not wire money to them in the form of a green dot money pack from an “authorized store.”

Please be aware that this is a scam.  The City of Manassas Utilities Department does not call to notify residents or businesses of service cut offs.  A notice of termination is placed on the utility bill and power will only be cut off if no action is taken by the resident/business in a reasonable time frame.  If residents receive a call from someone asking to pay a bill by credit card or wire, please call the City of Manassas Utilities Department at 703-257-8245 to verify that payment is due.  The Utilities Department only accepts in person payments at the Public Works facility at 9500 Public Works Drive, never at an “authorized payment store.”

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Patty Prince
Public Affairs Specialist
City of Manassas, VA
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