The Putnam County OH Sheriff’s Office and Paulding Putnam Electric Coop have both posted warnings on their Facebook pages this week:
Paulding Putnam Electric Coop (Tues, 9/23 @ 4:37pm): We are warning all of our customers of a payment scam being conducted via phone in various areas of our service territory. We hear reports that customers are receiving calls threatening to shut off their power if they do not make an immediate payment over the phone with a money card. This is a scam and people are using our name illegally. The people making these calls are not from PPE.
We work hard everyday to make sure all of your interactions with PPE are positive.
-We do not call customers to demand an immediate payment.
-We notify customers with delinquent accounts via their customer bill.
-We contact non-responders via a phone message stating a future date when payment is due.
If you doubt whom you are speaking to or the truth of what they are telling you, pleas hand up and call PPE at 1-800-686-2357.
Putnam County OH Sheriffs Office (Tues, 9/23): We have been investigating a series of home break-ins in Ottawa and the Ottawa area. It appears the suspects are looking or money. They are breaking in while people are home sleeping, but they do not appear to intend to harm anyone. We are not trying to alarm you, we just want homeowners to be vigilant and take precautions such as locking your doors and locking up your valuables.