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WARR ACRES, Okla. - Warr Acres police are sounding the alert after a local business almost got scammed out of hundreds of dollars.

Wesley McSwane is the owner of Shimmers in Warr Acres.

Their specialties are sno cones and smoothies.

They obviously rely on electricity to stay up and running and that's why a call McSwane received Monday afternoon was so alarming.

"They said I needed to make this payment by 2:30 or they're going to turn the power off," said McSwane.

The number came up as local and the caller identified himself as being with OG&E.

He said Shimmers was behind in their electricity payments by almost a thousand dollars.

"They sound professional. I mean they sound like they're OG&E people," said McSwane.

Warr Acres police say they've had several similar reports over the last few months.

They tried contacting the person who called Shimmers.

"The number is set up to look like a local number but we were able to trace it back to a location in Florida," said Lt. Matt Berger with the Warr Acres police department.

Warr Acres police put out the alert on their Facebook page to warn other businesses.

"They almost got me, almost," said McSwane. "They put a little pressure on you. It makes you feel like you need to go pay it."

Fortunately, McSwane was not fooled.

He also wants to warn others who work so hard for their money.

"Yeah, it does make you angry," said McSwane.

A spokesperson with OG&E tells us if a business is suspicious of a call like this, hang up and call their customer service number or get a bill out and ask the caller to confirm the account number.

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