Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District is asking customers to be wary of scammers attempting to exploit customers, after recent reports coming from customers of NPPD in Gordon, Chadron, Crawford, Hay Springs and the Rushville area.
Customers in those communities have reported receiving calls from scammers posing as representatives of NPPD. “We received reports of a similar scam taking place in Chadron just four days ago. “Unfortunately, a scam that impacts many communities every year has hit several of our communities within a short time span,” said NPPD Retail General Manager Tim Arlt. “Anyone who receives such a call should not let their guard down and should contact our team and law enforcement immediately. Protecting our customers is a top priority.”
These predatory individuals state the bill must be paid immediately or the power will be shut off and will recommend several methods of payment. Sometimes the scammer’s caller-identification is falsified so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as ‘spoofing’.
To help customers be wary of such scams, NPPD offers the following tips and suggestions: