Some Nebraskans are getting phone calls -- and texts -- from scammers who claim to be with utilities.
Some Nebraskans are getting phone calls -- and texts -- from scammers who claim to be with utilities. The callers threaten to cut off the power if there's not an immediate payment, sometimes for a bogus 500-dollar fee. MidAmerican Energy vice president Dean Crist says his company's customers reported more than 200 telephone scams this year.
Dean Crist, MidAmerican Energy "of the scam"
Crist encourages customers to hang up and call the number printed on their bill to determine if they are really at risk of a switch-off or owe a fine.
If you get a phone call from someone threatening to cut off your power unless you pay a bill immediately, it may be a con artist. Interstate Power and Light Company president Tom Aller says just last week four of his utility's small business customers reported someone calling and threatening to switch off their power if they didn't pay 500-dollars.
Tom Aller, IPLC "kind of things"
Aller says some customers are even getting disconnection threats via text.
Aller "more of it"
If you should be contacted by a suspected con artist, do -not- call back with the number they provide. Call your power company using the phone number listed on your bill to verify any billing questions.
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