Arab Police warn residents about door-to-door scam

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- Arab Police are working to let residents know about a scam, and also working to find who is responsible.

"Something just didn't seem right to them," Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says. He's talking about multiple residents who called the department, saying two men were going door-to-door, asking for money -- but with a hefty accusation.

"Telling them that they were with the Arab Electric Cooperative and that they were behind on their electric bill, and that if they wrote them a check, they would make sure their electricity didn't get turned off," Assistant Chief Washburn says.

Police say there is a problem with that plan, though -- that's not how the electric company works. What's more, the residents contacted were not behind on their bills.

Arab Police looked into the claims, and found the two men were not with company. "Luckily no one was scammed by these individuals.  They called us," Assistant Chief Washburn says.

The Arab Police Department has not made any arrests yet.  They're asking anyone with information about this to step forward. You can reach the department at (256) 586-8707.

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