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Beware of electricity bill scam

An old scam is making the rounds again: A caller claiming to be from Alexandria Light and Power is calling Alexandria residents and businesses saying that their electricity bill payment is past due.

The caller tells their intended victim that they must arrange for payment immediately. In one case, a local business was told to go to a local convenience store to wire the money.

This is a scam.

Al Crowser, the general manager of Alexandria Light and Power, said that ALP does not do business this way. If customers fall behind on their payments, they are sent a letter, not called, and they are given time to make a payment plan.

ALP has received three inquiries about the scam in the last few days and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has also fielded a few calls from potential victims.

Those with any questions about their billing are encouraged to call ALP at (320) 763-6501.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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