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Police warn of utility scam
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BOUNTIFUL — Bountiful residents are being warned to not give out credit card information to callers claiming to be from the power company.

Callers are contacting Bountiful residents, saying their Bountiful Light & Power bill is overdue. The caller threatens to shut off the resident’s electricity unless the balance is immediately paid with a credit card over the phone.

“These kinds of scams have happened with other utility companies,” Bountiful Police Lt. Ed Biehler said on Tuesday. “However none of them, be they cell phone companies, power or gas or water companies contact customers by phone this way. It’s just not the way they do business.”

Police have tracked the calls to the bay area in northern California

To Biehler’s knowledge no one in Bountiful has provided their credit card information yet.

“If you get such a call, contact the power company by phone directly or go down to their office so you know who you’re talking to,” Biehler said.

Anyone who has given out their credit card information to the scammers should call police.

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