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Scammers pose as KCP&L employees

A scam that took $631 from a Grandview restaurateur two weeks ago, has found it way to Richmond this week.

Richmond Police Det. Scott Bagley said residents – small businesses in particular – should be wary of a caller who claims to be from KCP&L’s disconnect department. The caller tells KCP&L customers their account is past due, requiring an immediate payment over the phone or their service will be disconnected. Two Richmond gas stations have recently been contact in this scam; however, no money was given, Bagley said. The phone number used in the scam was 816-476-7826.

In a press release, KCP&L says these calls are not associated with their company, and customers who have been called in this scam should contact local law enforcement.

KCP&L reminds customers not to give credit and debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or savings account numbers to anyone who calls, texts or email requesting this information without verifying the person is an actual KCP&L employee.

Shirley Van Black, owner of Shirley’s Homestyle Restaurant in Grandview, was bilked of $631 – the amount actually owed the electric company – two weeks ago, according to KCTV-5. Reports of her situation drew in many customers who donated money to cover the cost of the scam.

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