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Local Business Taken Advantage Of By Phone Scammers

The information in this report is from the Solon Police.

A Solon-based dry cleaning business lost nearly $1,000 after the owner fell for a phone scam, according to Solon Police.

Nite-N-Day Cleaners on Aurora Road eceived a call from someone claiming to be a representative of First Energy. The person on the phone said that the business was late on its electric bill and that it must pay $957.88 to keep the lights on.

The scammer told the owner, a 44-year-old man, that he should pay the bill using prepaid cards.

The owner did what the scammer said and later contacted First Energy and learned he had been scammed.

Detectives are investigating.

It's not the first time such a scam has happened in recent weeks to a Solon business. D & R Bagels on Aurora Road received a similar call, but the business did not fall for it.

Michael Dwells February 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM
I feel terrible for those who become victims to phone scams. I have read several complaints posted at http://www.callercenter.com about how scheming the scammers are and I don't think the victims should be blamed for falling for it. It should be the scammers. They should be put to jail.

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