More than 40 Omaha Public Power District customers recently received phone calls from someone pretending to be with the utility demanding payment for overdue bills. Spokesperson Jodi Baker says the scammer is threatening to shut off a customer’s power unless they pay up immediately. The amounts range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Baker says scammers are demanding customers purchase a pre-paid debit card, call them back and pay over the phone. She says that is not the way the utility operates and they recommend if someone receives one of these calls to hang up and contact OPPD directly. She says it is also a good idea to contact police.
Finding out the source of these calls is not an easy task. Baker says “They are calling from all over the country if not the world so tracking them down, that’s tough.”