Omaha Public Power District warns customers con-artists are working overtime this summer. Spokesperson Jodi Baker says in June they received calls from 37 customers to report a scam. She says the number dropped to 7 in July but so far in August there have been 36 reports.
Customers recieve calls from someone claiming to be with OPPD and they are told to pay delinquent bills or their service will be shut off immediately. The scammers are intimidating and threatening customers to pay with either a credit card or purchase a green dot card and call them back. Baker says a new twist is to target businesses saying their utility meter needs to be replaced and they have to foot the bill or pay a security deposit. Several businesses have fallen victim to the scam this summer.
OPPD reminds residential and business customers to never give personal or financial information to a stranger during an unsolicited phone call. If someone claiming to be an OPPD employee knocks on your door always ask for identification or verification. Baker says employees always carry ID's so failure to produce identification should always be a tip-off that something is wrong.