Friday, May 4, 2012

Fraud Alert: Fake Electric Company Calls

Submitted by
Marcie Pyorre, Coordinator

Garden Valley Senior Center
261 S. Middlefork Road
Garden Valley, ID 83622
gvseniors@frontiernet.netPhone/Fax: (208) 462-3943
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Our agency received a call from a client in Caldwell stating she had just been contacted by a person claiming to be with the electric company. He stated that her account was 2 months past due and if she did not make an immediate credit card payment over the phone, her power would be shut off the following day. She was smart and asked him “which electric company.” His response was “your electric company” and could not identify Idaho Power by name. The client said that he was persistent and unprofessional. He did give her a call back number (302-200-9735) probably used a spoofing software which makes the call untraceable, but the call was definitely a scam. Idaho Power confirmed that the call did not originate from their office. Please spread the word to anyone you think might need this information.

Best regards,

Esmeralda Zamora
CCOA Medicare Counselor
SMP/SHIP Federal Programs
(208)459-0063, Ext. 105

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