Vera Water and Power said their costumers are the target for a new telephone scam regarding the payment of their bills.
The scam involves a telephone caller who claims to be a Vera Water and Power employee, and then uses a billing and collections scam to defraud costumers.
According to Vera Water and Power, a customer received a phone call on his business line, in which the caller identified himself as a Vera Water and Power employee. The scammer stated that the electric service to the customer’s business would be disconnected if he did not pay $2,000 to cover the cost of a GPS meter and his bill. The scammer then stated that the only method of payment is through a pay card which is purchased at a store.
The customer purchased pay cards, totaling $2,000, then called the scammer back, giving him the pay card digits. The scammer then told the customer his power would not be disconnected. The customer lost $2,000 to the scam.