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NPPD customers being targeted in statewide scam

Posted at 1:01 PM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 14:01:48-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Public Power District wants to make the public aware of a rapid uptick in scam calls taking place across the state.

Customers have reported receiving calls from scammers posing as reps of NPPD, demanding payment.

The caller states the bill must be paid immediately or the power will be shut off and will recommend several methods of payment. Sometimes the scammer's caller-ID is false so it appears to originate from the utility company, commonly known as "spoofing."

NPPD offers the following tips to protect yourself.
- NPPD will not call to ask customers for a credit card number
- NPPD does not demand payment with a pre-paid card
- Any customer receiving such a call should not make a payment over the phone using a card.
- Write down the call back number, or ask where the caller is located, and contact law enforcement.