- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Public Power District is warning utility customers about a phone billing scam.

OPPD says the over-the-phone ploy attempts to intimidate customers into thinking their power could be cut off if they don’t pay hundreds of dollars. OPPD officials say none of the people demanding cash payments work for the district.

OPPD says it received 37 reports of phone bill collector calls in June. After a decline in July, the number rose again to 36 as of Aug. 14.

According to customer reports, the callers pretend to represent the utility and claim that bills are overdue. In most cases, they try to convince customers to share their credit card numbers over the phone to put an account back in good standing.

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