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Utility Scammers Stealing Your Money

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Bill Steckis

OMAHA (KPTM)- It's the holiday season, and the time for giving. But some are giving to the wrong people. Both the Omaha Public Power District and the Metropolitan Utilities District reported people posing as employees of both companies.

The imposters are knocking on doors and lying to get money from homeowners.

"If you feel threatened, call the police," was the advice O.P.P.D spokesperson Jodi Baker had to give after scammers were targeting their clients.

"We have had a couple of people who have gone to a customer's home claiming to be tree trimmers. They wanted access to this customer's home. They said they needed to come inside to check their fuse box," said Baker.

The scammers looked for trees interfering with power lines and then went to front doors claiming to be O.P.P.D employees.

O.P.P.D. thinks the scammers wanted to first case homes before robbing them later on.

And M.U.D. reports a similar scam where imposters asked for access into homes as well.

Scammers targeted neighborhoods near 80th Street and Center Street. 

Resident Louis Livingston had people knocking on his door asking about his trees.

"I turned them away because if you want it done, you would seek your own contractor or tree man and let them pursue it at that point," said Livingston.

O.P.P.D. agreed with Livingston's choice, and also added that you should also ask for identification.

"That's the big thing. Always ask for ID, look for ID. If somebody doesn't have it, don't talk to them," said Baker.

And another scam going around has people calling O.P.P.D. customers saying their service will be shut off if they don't pay their bill, and then ask for a credit card.

"Unfortunately, the phone calls are on-going, but they are picking up as we get closer to the holidays because the thieves are getting desperate," said Baker.

And Livingston said he's heard that before.

"I would absolutely not give out my credit card unless I'm purchasing something that I want," said Livingston.

O.P.P.D wants to remind customers to never give your financial information to a stranger, and if someone appears unannounced at your door always ask for identification. 

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