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Springfield Police: Phone Scammers Targeting Utility Customers

Springfield Police are warning local residents to be aware of a new telephone scam targeting customers of the Eugene Water & Electric Board and the Springfield Utility Board.

In the scam, a man calls and says he is a utility worker and tells the customer their electricity will be disconnected because of unpaid bills. The customers are given a phone number to call within 45 minutes to set up a payment or their power will be shut off.

Springfield Police Lieutenant Scott McKee says this is a new twist on a phone scam intended to create urgency.

Local utility customers who receive questionable billing calls are asked to call Springfield Police. Police also recommended that EWB and SUB customers verify any phone numbers of people contacting them about bills.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.