Spokane County Sheriff's Office warns of "Utility Scam"

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has continued to receive reports of scammers trying to lie, intimidate, trick, and threaten people into giving up their money or personal information leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.  

Here is one of the most recent scams:

“Utilities Company Scam” - On November 30, 2017, Crime Check received a report of a person claiming to work for a local utilities company. 

The scammer stated to the potential victim he was behind on his payments and needed to pay $500.00 to settle the debt/fees or the power would be shut off. 

Instead of falling for this scammer’s ploy, he contacted the utilities company using the phone number he located, verified this was a scam, and did not send any money.

Reputable companies/organizations, government entities or law enforcement will never call, threaten you and demand immediate payment. 

Take a little time, do your own investigating, and verify everything before you send any money or provide your personal information.

If you receive a call like this one, it’s most likely a scam. Hang up and report the phone call to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.