SARASOTA COUNTY - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office warns of a Florida Power & Light phone scam that seems to be going around. In this new scam, callers pose as FPL employees demanding immediate payment to stop your power from being turned off. 

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to a new homeowner Thursday. Someone claiming to be with the FPL billing department called and told the man his power would be cut off within 30 minutes unless he made a payment. Not only did the caller say he was with FPL, but the caller ID said "Florida Power & Light Company." Fortunately, this homeowner was not fooled by the ruse.

So, the Sheriff's Office is putting out the warning to make citizens aware that if you ever question a caller, you can hang up and call that company directly to get the correct information.