OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Public Power District sent out a release Saturday warning customers that flooding in the area could cause an increase in utility scam phone calls.
OPPD said they receive an uptick in reports of scam calls during or after highly publicized weather events because scammers want to take advantage of vulnerable people.
Scammers would call customers and pretend to be the utility. They usually try to convince customers they owe money to the utility and aggressively demand payment via credit, debit or pre-paid credit cards. They'll also often threaten to disconnect power if not paid.
The calls often appear to come from a local number through spoofing technology, or may even use a robocall with a callback number that they say is for OPPD.
OPPD stressed that no one demanding payment or financial information works for their company. They never cold-call customers to demand payment.
The utility advises to never give personal or financial information out during an unsolicited phone call, never allow an unannounced person inside your home and never turn off security systems if a stranger asks.
OPPD can be contacted at 402-536-4131 or 1-877-537-4131.