The phones were busy at the Omaha Public Power District this week with calls from customers reporting scammers. Spokesperson Jodi Baker says they received thirty calls on Thursday alone.
OPPD says this scam is nothing new and has been around for several years. It seems to resurface from time to time and the utility and their customers are again targets. The calls come with several variations but typically they tell customers they are late on their bills and need to pay immediately or their service will be disconnected. In some cases the customer is told to purchase a payment card and call them back with the numbers. In some cases customers are told they need to pay to replace a meter or other equipment.
Baker says, “They can be very pushy. They try to scare people by saying their power will be disconnected or they will face other repercussions. They most definitely pushy, they are aggressive and they are deceitful and we want to make sure our customers don’t fall for it.” This is a reminder to never give personal information to a stranger during an unsolicited telephone call. If someone knocks on your door and claim to work for the utility do not let them inside your home.