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OPPD seeing spike in scam phone calls

Posted at 12:30 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 14:23:44-04

OPPD has seen an increasing number of calls from its customers regarding scams this week, a release said. 

This con is not new. Scammers have been targeting utility customers across the country for years, now. They pick up several times a year, sometimes after large outage events, like we experienced Sunday. Callers may be trying to capitalize while customers are feeling vulnerable," the release states. 

The goal of these scams is typically to have people give away debit, credit or checking information. 

OPPD recommends the following way to protect yourself from scams: 

- Never give your personal or financial information to someone on an unsolicited phone call. 

- Do not allow someone claiming to be a utility worker into your home without asking for further identification. All OPPD employees carry identification. 

- Do not turn off your security system for any reason.