The Omaha power utility reports an increase in scam calls

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) – The Omaha energy company is reporting an increase in scammers calling their customers in the wake of the harsh winter weather.

The Omaha Public Power District reports that it learned of more than 100 fraudulent phone calls only on Friday. The utility says in a press release that callers seem to call from a legitimate OPPD number and aggressively demand that customers pay overdue bills or equipment.

The utility company reports that these phone scams increased from 480 in 2017 to 714 in 2018. Calls tended to increase during bad weather.

The utility says it does not call customers directly and demands immediate payment and warns customers receiving such calls that they do not give out personal information or credit or debit card numbers.

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