Scammers have been busy as little elves this holiday season, calling local businesses (mostly restaurants) and telling whoever answers the phone that their electric bill is overdue and if they don’t pay up with a credit card over the phone a utility truck will come out and turn off their electricity.
Of course, the person answering the phone may be in the middle of serving breakfast, lunch or dinner and doesn’t have even a split second to deal with it. Some figure out it’s a scam, while others just whip out a credit and gives the scammer the number. Bye Bye $$.
Central Lincoln PUD (CLPUD) wants everyone to know they don’t do business that way – that if somebody gets behind in their bill there are a number of ways to take care of it. And threatening phone calls is not on the menu.
A CLPUD official says they don’t make phone calls on overdue bills. The customer gets several written warnings about an unpaid bill. And even if they really are going to be shut off, it’s done ONLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS. They don’t do it at night or on weekends for obvious reasons. They want people to be able to call the PUD office – even if it’s at the last minute.
So if you get a phone call from somebody threatening to turn off your power, hang up the phone. Just hang it up. And then call CLPUD and tell them that the scammers are back at it.