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Oconee Man Reports Phone Scam

The victim says he paid $200 over the phone to someone he thought was a representative of a utility company after being threatened with disconnection of service.

An Oconee County man was scammed out of $200 last week by someone who called him and pretended to be a representative of a utility company.

The man told Sheriff's deputies Wednesday that someone called him and claimed that he owed $200 to have his power box fixed.  If the man didn't pay, the caller told him his electricity would be disconnected, according to an incident report.

The man went to a local pharmacy and purchased a prepaid money card in the amount of $200.  After he paid, the man contacted his power company about the incident. The company informed him that he had been the victim of a scam, the man told deputies.

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