Cape Girardeau business owners targeted in phone scam

Cape Girardeau business owners targeted in phone scam

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Business owners should be aware of a phone scam that seems to be making the rounds in Cape Girardeau.

One Cape convenience store owner, who wants to remain anonymous, says he avoided becoming a victim on Monday. He says a caller claiming to be with the City of Cape threatened to shut off his store's water supply unless he paid up.

He says his water bill was paid in full, so he asked a city official about the call.  He was told several other businesses had received similar calls and that, in fact, the call was a scam.

Both the City of Cape and Cape police addressed the issue on Twitter.

The city says it is not asking customers for their personal or bank account information by phone, and to call the city at (573) 339-6322 if they get a suspicious call. Cape Girardeau police say you should never give anyone your banking or personal information over the phone or by e-mail.

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