MidAmerican Energy Company is warning customers of a phone scam that seems to be aimed at Hispanics in Iowa.
The utility company said in a news release that customers with Hispanic names have received calls from someone posing as a MidAmerican customer service employee who says the person's account is past due. The caller says that unless the customer immediately provides credit card information, the utility service will be disconnected.
MidAmerican says customers shouldn't provide credit card numbers or personal information to an unsolicited caller. Those who receive such calls should hang up and call MidAmerican's customer service line at 888-427-5632. They can also call police.
Des Moines-based MidAmerican provides electricity and natural gas to more than 700,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.