Scam targets REU customers

Dec 17, 2013 7:24 AM

City officials in Redding are warning residents of a scam targeting REU customers and they want you to be on the lookout. At least one person received a call from someone claiming to work for the Redding Electric Utility Department. That person claims someone threatened to shut off their power if they didn't make an immediate payment. City officials say the scam involves directing customers to purchase a pre-paid debit card and then revealing the card number to the scammer, who then collects the money deposited on the card. Assistant City Manager Barry Tippin says there are similar scams going on around the state. If you suspect a fake call, you should ask for the caller's name, department, and business phone number. If the person refuses, you're asked to report it to Redding Police. You should always ask for identification of anyone claiming to be a utility worker. Also, never give out your personal information (i.e. Credit Card, Social Security Number, etc.) and call REU to verify a worker before letting him or her into your home.


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