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SCAM ALERT: OPPD reports an increase in scam call reports

As people work from home
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Posted at 1:52 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 14:52:31-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) is reporting an increase in scam reports. Sixty of them were reported before noon Tuesday.

The scammers pose as utility workers and try to tell customers they owe money for a bill or equipment like a meter.

While OPPD says the scam is nothing new, they want to remind people that they will "NOT charge for meters and would NEVER cold-call customers demanding payment."

They say power will not be disconnected for non-payment "until 30 days after the expiration of the last directed health measures of any of the 13 counties within OPPD’s service territory."

If you receive a call demanding payment or a threat to disconnect your power, OPPD recommends you simply hang up.

In addition to suspending disconnections, OPPD says late payment charges will be waived "until 30 days after the expiration of the last directed health measures of any of the 13 counties within OPPD’s service territory."

OPPD says scammers, who may be spoofing their service lines, may be trying to take advantage of more people working from home.