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SRP, APS warning businesses against scams

PHOENIX -- Both Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service don't want business owners to be left in the dark when it comes to protecting your identity and your money.

The companies are alerting Valley customers that there is a new scam that primarily targets small business owners.

The scam artists call victims and identify themselves as SRP or APS workers and make threats. These victims are instructed to purchase a prepaid card from Walgreens, load it with money and call back with the card information.

"They're telling customers that if they don't pay within 30 minutes, they will disconnect the power," said SRP spokesperson Kathleen Mascarenas. "If someone is forcing you to pay immediately, that's a huge red flag that it's not a utility company."

Fortunately, in some cases, the victims called their utility company directly to confirm before they were duped out of cash.

SRP has reported the activity to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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