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Theft/Phone Scam

Posted: October 16 2014

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Contact: Chief Jon Simpson
(479) 271-3170

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Bentonville Police Department was notified of multiple reports of attempted fraud that had occurred throughout Bentonville and Benton County.  The reports involve a phone scam by individuals claiming to be representatives with the City of Bentonville Electric Department or other area electric companies.  The suspects tell the victims if they fail to pay their electric bill, the power would be shut off.  The suspects then demand the victims pay with a “Green Dot” prepaid money card.

The City of Bentonville Electric Department has made no such calls.  Citizens who receive similar phone calls are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.