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Utility Warns of Bill Pay Scam
Pacific Power is warning its customers of a scam where a caller posing as a customer service representative claims there is a federal grant offering credit on their utility bills if the customer is willing to pay directly. The victim is told they must provide their social security number, credit card or check routing number to take advantage of the deal.
Pacific Power says no such grant exists. They are instructing everyone who gets such calls to hang up and report to local police and to Pacific Power. The scam has been reported across the country is in recent months. Some hand out flyer in person, others use social media, texting, or they contact potential victims at home by phone.