In several instances, suspects have been calling citizens or business owners and saying they are from Veridian Connections or other legitimate electricity distributors, police note. People are being told they are more than $1,000 behind in their bills and the power would be shut off if the bill isnt paid immediately.
People are told to make a credit card payment or use prepaid credit cards from stores and forward the numbers to the caller. Down payments of hundreds of dollars are also encouraged.
The callers have set up an answering machine and a toll-free number to make it appear its a legitimate hydro company.
Anyone with similar experiences is asked to contact the DRPS at 1-888-579-1520.