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United Power is warning its residential and business customers about spam calls demanding payment on past due amounts of electric bills.

A press statement said scammers try to impersonate representatives from such organizations as the IRS or United Power to gain information or payment. The discourse also includes threats for disconnection. The callers tell customers to make payments through prepaid cash cards purchased at local gas stations and convenience stores.

“Scammers may also instruct victims not to tell anyone about the payment,” United Power’s statement read. “Many of these scams are elaborate and sophisticated, even using spoofing software to disguise their phone number so that it appears to be coming from a recognized number. This is known as ‘caller ID spoofing.'”

The power co-op said customers should verify the status of their account as the best defense against scam attempts. Check your monthly…

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