Cumberland Times-News

February 8, 2013

In Brief - 02/09/2013

Cumberland Times-News

FirstEnergy warns customers of scam

CUMBERLAND — FirstEnergy Corp. utilities are warning customers about a scam involving a telephone caller posing as an electric utility company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made using a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card.

These prepaid cards are available at convenience and drug stores and can be used to pay bills or add money to online accounts.  However, Green Dot cards are not officially sanctioned by FirstEnergy as a bill payment method.

 “Customers should know that if they get a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities,” said Ronald Green, vice president, Customer Service, FirstEnergy. “While we may phone a customer whose bill is in arrears in order to remind them that a payment is due, we would explain how a payment can be made using established payment options.”

Customers can sign up for FirstEnergy payment options at

Frostburg officials to discuss break-ins

FROSTBURG — Mayor W. Robert Flanigan and Commissioner of Public Safety Walter Mackay will host a special community meeting to discuss recent breaking and entering crimes in the city of Frostburg on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Frostburg Community Center, 27 S. Water St.  

Chief of Police Royce Douty will report on the various incidents that occurred in the last quarter of 2012 and the first month of 2013. Other area law enforcement agencies will be invited to attend. Questions can be directed to City Administrator John Kirby at 301-689-6000, ext. 25.

Anyone with information regarding police investigations should contact Douty at 301-689-3000.