BRIEF: Phone scam targets Oregon and Washington utility customers
Mar 14, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Pacific Power is warning customers about a phone scam targeting utility customers in Oregon and Washington.
The utility says scammers posing as customer service agents are calling customers, telling them they have past due payments, and asking them to make an immediate payment via credit card or go to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card and call back with the code.
"We urge our customers to be extremely careful always, but especially right now," said Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer service. "Scammers have hit customers in Walla Walla and Astoria and may be targeting other communities as well. Please be on guard, demand verification. Our employees would not be using these tactics."
The company is urging anyone receiving such calls or other forms of contact to collect the information and report the incident to local police and Pacific Power.
-- Ted Sickinger
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