Scammers steal nearly $1,000 from daycare

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (February 13, 2015) –A daycare is out nearly $1,000 because of a scam.

Every day dozens of kids and their parents depend on Woodside Children’s Center and the director depends on electricity in order to stay open.

“Friday, I get a phone call from somebody claiming they are with Duke Energy billing and they have a disconnect order and I needed to pay them,” explains Annette Chom, program director at Woodside Children’s Center.

Chom says the person on the other line told her she needed to pay $950 or else the power could be cut off that day.

“The thing that leads some credibility was they knew exactly what the last two bill amounts were.  It was exact amounts,” explains Chom.

The caller told Chom paying with money cards would be quick.  She panicked and ended up paying it.  A couple days later Chom called her utility company and realized it was a scam.

“It is a very hard hit that will mean I will be really tight with supplies and juggling monies for this next month and whatnot,” says Chom.

The daycare reported the incident to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.