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JEA is warning its customers to keep an eye out for phone calls coming from scammers posing as public utility employees.

“Today alone JEA has received almost 30 reports from customers, both residential and commercial, who have received a call from a scammer demanding payment,” Gerri Boyce, Manager of Media Relations with JEA, said Tuesday.

Those 30 calls were all received before 2 p.m.

IRS Scam Artist Targets St. Augustine Resident

May 27, 2015


A St. Augustine man says he’s been the target of a phone scam by people impersonating the IRS.

When WJCT called the number left in a voicemail, a self-admitted scammer picked up the phone.

John Mains says he got a voicemail from someone claiming to work for the IRS. The message said he owes $3,200 in back taxes. When Mains called the number left behind, he says he was told he had one opportunity to pay or face punishment.

Mains said he was told by the person on the phone, “We’re coming out and we’re going to arrest you.”