Scam artists are targeting Omaha Public Power District customers. OPPD spokesperson Jodi Baker says scammers are calling customers claiming to be from their billing department and say their bill is overdue and in order to avoid having their power shut off they must pay up.
Baker says in some cases the scammers told customers they need new meters or other equipment and needed to pay for them and the installation fee. The scammers then demand money, a credit card or bank account information. Several of the intended victims report being instructed to take cash to a Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s or CVS to make payment.
OPPD reminds customers they should never give personal or financial information to a stranger over the phone and if someone shows up at their door claiming to be with the utility do not let them inside and ask for identification.
Customers that do receive one of these calls are advised to hang up and contact OPPD directly if they have questions about their bill.
OPPD serves more than 184-thousand customers in 13 eastern Nebraska counties.