Scam artists claiming to represent the Omaha Public Power District are targeting the utility's customers with fraudulent billing.
An OPPD spokeswoman said Tuesday that a number of customers have reported being contacted by callers demanding payment on supposedly overdue bills. In some cases, the callers say money is needed for installation of new equipment.
The callers demand money, a credit card number or other personal financial information to keep the power from being shut off. Customers are instructed to take cash to Walmart, Walgreens or CVS to make the payment.
In the past, scammers have also asked customers to turn off home or business security systems to “help the utility save energy,” falsely claiming it's a good way for the customer to “reduce the energy bill.”
The utility is warning customers that no one from OPPD is demanding cash payments or financial information. Residential or business customers should never give personal or financial information to a stranger during an unsolicited telephone call.
Customers with concerns about someone purporting to be an OPPD employee should call police or contact OPPD at 402-536-4131 or 1-877-536-4131.
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