Utility Scam Receives Complaints

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 15 2010 Dec 15, 2010 Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:54:43 PM CST December 15, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police are looking into a reported scam Wednesday involving Boone Electric. About six customers claimed that someone asked them for personal information over the phone and pretended to be a Boone Electric employee. The suspects said if they didn't pay their bill right away that the company would turn off their electric.

"These people are contacting other people and claiming to be someone very legitimate," Jill Wieneke, Public Information Officer, said.

Boone Electric wants their customers to be aware that representatives will never initiate a call to a customer and ask for personal information. They recommend coming in to the office or mailing a check in.

"We will never ask for personal information over the phone," Vicki Kemna, Manager of Boone Electric, said.

Police encourage anyone else who received these calls to contact their utility company and make a police report.

"If this has happened to someone else, we could certainly like to know," Wieneke said. "We track that information closely."

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