Police warn against utility billing scam

ST. GEORGE – The St. George Police Department wants the public be to aware of a possible utility billing scam and how to avoid it.

The St. George Police reported that on Tuesday, Oct. 22, a St. George business contacted the St. George Police Department in regards to a suspicious telephone call.  The business received a telephone call from someone claiming to be the utility company.  The individual who called demanded payment for past due bills.  The business owner did not provide the caller with any information.  Instead the business owner contacted the real utility company and confirmed that they did not owe any money.

It is suspected that the caller was trying to fraudulently take money from the business.  The St. George Police Department only received this one report. It is unknown if any other individuals were contacted or who made the call.

The police department wants the public to be aware of this scam and not fall victim to these practices.

If you have received a telephone call from someone claiming to be from the “utility company,” do not give them personal information over the telephone. Instead, ask them to send you something in writing to verify their claims.  Also contact your utility company and verify with them the status of your account.

Submitted by: The St. George Police Department

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2 Comments

  • Dan Lester October 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Wow. A utility BILLION scam. They’d never get that much out of me.

  • Author Paul Yoder October 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Yeah, I noticed that too, Dan. It’s probably just a typo on the writer’s part. I believe they meant “billing,” not “billion.”

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