OPPD Warns Of Imposters

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

An Omaha man thinks a couple of burglars were trying to case his place when they knocked on his door recently, claiming to represent the Omaha Public Power District. It happened Tuesday in a neighborhood near 80th and Center Street.

The men, who showed up in an unmarked blue van, said they were tree trimmers. However, they had no identification, as all OPPD employees are required to carry. That was the customer’s first tip-off something was wrong. But he grew increasingly concerned when the men asked to enter his home and check his fuse box. This would never be necessary in order to trim trees near power lines.

The imposters also tried to convince the customer he was getting a $50 credit. They asked if he could break a $100 bill, again, trying to get inside to do so. This is not how OPPD operates. Fortunately, this customer knew better and sent the impersonators away.

This is a new direction in the ongoing targeting of utility customers, which the District has been trying to warn customers about for months. Scammers have also been calling customers, demanding what they claim are either overdue payments or payments for equipment. They try to get customers’ credit card numbers or other financial or personal information. Please be advised that this crime is escalating, and we anticipate the thieves’ calls will increase more in this holiday season.

OPPD stresses that none of these individuals demanding cash payments or financial information work for the District.

It also advises:

  • Residential or business customers should never give personal or financial information to a stranger during an unsolicited telephone call.
  • If someone appears unannounced at your door, claiming to work for the utility, do not allow them entrance. Always ask for identification or verification. OPPD employees always carry identification. Failure to produce identification should always be a tip-off to the customer that something is wrong.
  • If it is necessary to trim a customer’s trees for safety and reliability purposes, that customer would receive notice ahead of time.

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