GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Another phone scam has hit the Tennessee Valley. Multiple Guntersville restaurants say they were hit with a scam phone call Monday afternoon, from callers who claimed to be from the Guntersville Electric Board.
Guntersville Electric Board Manager, Tommy Troup called it unnerving. "And that was kind of scary yesterday, when I called that number, and they answered the phone Guntersville Electric Board. That's a new layer to a scam that's been tried for a couple years now."
The Outlaw Steakhouse was a victim of the ploy, however, management was skeptical of the phone call. "I knew something was not right, it's just my panic was the frame time they were apparently going to give me, because I have only 7 minutes to prove the person who was calling, and prove to the company too that the payment was made," says manager Eva Sucres.
The Guntersville Police Department is investigating the scam, and warns residents against giving information and making payments over the phone for transactions that are usually taken care of differently.
Chief Investigator of the Guntersville Police Department John East, recommends reaching out to the company instead.
"Go down there yourself. If you believe your account is in some kind of jeopardy, or needs to be looked at or needs to be reviewed, you can go down there or again make the call, yourself," says East.
Investigators are currently investigating multiple numbers and have discovered the scam is reaching other parts of the state as well.