Utah Power lineman work in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 29, 2005.

Photo by John Gress

SALT LAKE CITY – For those that use Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) beware of scammers going after customers’ money.

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Recently, the power company reported they received a significant increase in the number of fraudulent calls from scam artists. They pose as utility representatives.

Reports indicate the caller insists the customer is behind on their bill, then demands payment to prevent having their power shut off,” Jason Lee, media relations for RMP, said. “To date, hundreds of scam calls have been reported targeting both residential and business customers in RMP’s service area of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.”

Scammers are getting more sophisticated. Utah alone was the recipient of 1,000 scam calls last month with fraudsters pressuring the potential victims to pay their bill using a prepaid card, then share the code.

“The scammers use ‘spoofed’ numbers that show up on the caller ID to disguise their actual phone numbers,” he said. “Many of the…

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