Heads up from police: utilities phone scam is being reported in areaPublished by on
WORTHINGTON – Worthington Interim Police Chief Kevin Flynn on Friday alerted citizens that a utilities scam is making the rounds once again, warning people never to give financial information over the phone from an unsolicited call.
At least two local people have received phone calls from someone claiming to be a utility company threatening to shut off service unless a payment is made with a credit card or green dot card immediately.
Flynn said the calls are a scam, and anyone receiving such a call should simply hang up. If they have concerns regarding their service, they should contact their local utility company, but never give financial information over the phone.
According to Worthington Public Utilities, they do not accept credit cards over the phone to handle accounts that are in arrears. While they might call to notify people of late accounts, customers are asked to come down to the office to take care of the matter or contact a toll-free number to remedy the situation.