Scammers are bullying Omaha Public Power District customers into thinking they owe money on a bill.

OPPD says it has fielded 110 calls over the last few days from customers complaining about the scam. OPPD said it also received 54 calls in April and 23 in March.

It urged customers with any questions about making a payment to call OPPD at 402-5364131 in Omaha and 1-877-5364131 outside Omaha.

The scammers have asked customers to visit different locations to pay their bills, OPPD said. Customers also have been given a call-back number with a message falsely claiming to be from an OPPD site.

Some of the calls to customers begin with an authentic-sounding disclaimer, OPPD said, and other calls urge customers to contact an OPPD office with any questions.

OPPD officials said some of the scam calls are intimidating, warning customers that their power could be shut off if they fail to pay over the phone with a debit or credit card. The scammers have attempted to bully some customers into thinking they have one hour to pay off their outstanding bills.

OPPD reminded its customers to never:

Release personal or financial information over the phone.

Allow a potential scammer inside your home, and to always ask for OPPD identification.

Turn off your security system if a caller asks you to.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1259, jay.withrow@owh.com

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