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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Public Power is warning customers about a payment scheme.

CPP says several customers have received called from a man posing a representative of CPP's "Collection" Department and asking for payment over the phone to avoid having the power shut off.

"Residents should be cautious of anyone seeking payment over the telephone. The City of Cleveland's Department of Public Utilities does not call asking for payment over the telephone and we do not accept payments at your home. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426," said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Customers are urged to disregard the calls which originated from the 801 area code.

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