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St. Charles business almost fell victim to scammers claiming to be with Ameren

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A St. Charles business said it almost fell victim to a scam in which the culprits mimicked Ameren’s phone answering service.

The owner of Sugarbot Sweet Shop said her establishment received a phone call on Saturday from someone claiming to be with Ameren Missouri.

“My business partner answered and he said Ameren told him they were sending someone within the hour to shut off the electricity, which kind of surprised me,” said Sugarbot Sweet Shop owner Jackie Lynch.

Lynch told News 4 she was surprised because earlier on Saturday she received a bill stating her payment would automatically be deducted.  Fearing the electricity may actually be shut off, she called the number back.

When she got someone on the line, she tried to explain to the person on the phone that her account was up to date.

“He got really push and said we owed $907 and if it isn’t paid then someone will be sent out. You can pay the repair man or they’re shutting it off,” Lynch said.

Lynch said the man then asked for credit card or checking account information. She became suspicious and hung up. Lynch added she is worried that others may fall victim to the scam.

Ameren says it will never ask for money over the phone or at the door.

News 4 later called the number in question and got the recording for a different electric company, National Grid, which is based on the east coast.

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