Man loses $800 in utility scam call

A Greenwood man lost $800 in what police are calling a scam.

The man owns a restaurant in Columbus. On Monday, one of his employees called him informing him he needed to call a utility company because of an outstanding bill, according to the police report.

When he contacted the utility company, he was directed to another number where he was told to ask for Jason, according to the report.

He was told he had an outstanding balance of $800 and was directed to go to a Dollar General store in Whiteland where he needed to buy $793 in money gram cards, according to the report.

The man withdrew the $800 from his account, bought the money gram cards and called Jason back, giving him the money gram card information, according to the report.

A confirmation number and a disconnect service number were given to the man after he paid the balance, then he spoke to his accountant at his restaurant where he was informed he had been scammed, according to the report.

He also called the utility company and found that his confirmation number was not valid and that he had no outstanding balance.

Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.