NPPD, Gering Police warn of utility scam

Nebraska Public Power District and Gering Police are warning customers of a phone scam spreading across the country in an attempt to defraud customers of electric utilities.

The scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then employing a variety of techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they don't make a payment immediately. The scam artist instructs them to send money via prepaid card or online payment service, such as PayPal or GreenDot, before their power is shut off. The scammer's caller-ID is falsified so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as 'spoofing.'

Reports in Nebraska indicate that customers are being asked for credit card numbers. NPPD, as a business practice, does not ask for a credit card number.

NPPD asks that anyone who receives such a call to contact their utility and law enforcement.










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Nebraska Public Power District is warning customers of a phone scam spreading across the country in an attempt to defraud customers of electric utilities.

The scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then employing a variety of techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they don't make a payment immediately. The scam artist instructs them to send money via prepaid card or online payment service, such as PayPal or GreenDot, before their power is shut off. The scammer's caller-ID is falsified so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as 'spoofing.'

Reports in Nebraska indicate that customers are being asked for credit card numbers. NPPD, as a business practice, does not ask for a credit card number.

NPPD asks that anyone who receives such a call to contact thier utility and law enforcement.









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