An Omaha businessman turns the tables on a scammer. Jim Hall owns Orsi’s Bakery and Pizzeria and says earlier this week he received a call from someone claiming to be with Omaha Public Power District and he was late with a bill. He was then threatened with service cut-off if he didn’t pay up immediately using a credit card or meet someone at a specified location. Hall didn’t fall for hit. He is a former OPPD employee and knows the District’s policy. That is when the caller immediately hung up the phone. Hall says he received a similar call last July.
Omaha Public Power District reports more than 60 Nebraska customers have notified them of calls received from phony bill collectors. More than half of the calls were made to local businesses from dry cleaners, real estate companies and restaurants.
OPPD reminds customers never give personal or financial information to a stranger during an unsolicited phone call. If a person appears at the door claiming to be from a utility do not let them inside your home and demand to see identification. Don’t hesitate to call the utility as ask if they sent a representative to your home.