Phone Scam Puts Rural Nevada Residents On Alert

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (AP) - Police are warning residents in the Wendover area to beware of a telephone scam involving a person who claims to represent Wells Rural Electric Company.

West Wendover police say they have received several complaints from potential victims who say they were told to make payments to the utility over the phone using a Green Dot MoneyPak card or other reloadable debit card.

Police say computer apps can override caller ID, so the local number for Wells Rural Electric shows up on the phone.

The scammer typically tells the victims they owe money to the company and if payment is not made immediately, additional fines or penalties will be assessed, services will be discontinued, or a relative will be arrested or deported.

Wells Rural Electric says it never solicits payment by calling members and asking for them to obtain a Green Dot card.

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