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Area Phone Scam

Area Phone Scam

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Storm Lake, IA (KICD) — Storm Lake Police Department is warning the community of a telephone scam that presented itself in the area, illegally using the Mid American Energy Company name.

Police have learned that citizens and businesses in the Storm Lake area are receiving phone calls from an 800 number with the caller representing themselves as a representative of Mid American Energy. The caller tells the customer that they either have a past due bill or they need immediate repairs to a service. The customer is advised to acquire a “Green Dot Cash Card” and then call the 800 number and give the cash card account number to the person who answers the phone.

MidAmerican Energy confirmed Friday afternoon to the Storm Lake Police that these calls are scams and are not being conducted by the utility company.

Storm Lake Police warns all citizens and businesses to be vigilant for these calls and to not provide any personal or financial information to the callers.

Citizens and business owners are asked to notify local law enforcement in the event they receive one of these fraudulent calls.

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