We’re getting reports that there’s yet another phone scam making the rounds of Lincoln County – this time the owner of a Waldport Restaurant heard the man on the phone say “You’re behind in your electric bill nearly $500. If you don’t pay immediately we’ll be over in 45 minutes to shut your power off.”
The owner of restaurant checked her power bill and confirmed she had a receipt for September already paid in full, so “there must be some mistake,” she told the caller. But the man on the phone insisted that her bill is over due and that the owner must pay immediately or the power truck with a crew will appear outside her restaurant and her lights will go out.
But then the caller went on to say something that instantly gave him away as a scammer. He said, “Go to C&K Market and buy a Money Card for the amount owed.”
The C&K Market has been closed for nearly a year.
The restaurant owner hung up the phone and tried to call Central Lincoln PUD but got no answer. It’s a holiday for many government and government-related offices – Veterans Day.
So a word to the public. The scammer season is in full bloom. If you get one of these calls just hang up. No power company does business like that including Central Lincoln PUD.