October 30, 2014
RENO, NV - The Sparks Police Department wants to make the public and local businesses aware of a recent scam that appears to be targeting foreign food restaurants.
On August 5, 2013, a local business owner contacted the Sparks Police Department to file a fraud report. The owner was contacted by a person claiming to to be a representative of NV Energy and said the business was behind on their power bill, according to the Sparks Police Department.
The person on the phone said the power would be shut off if the bill was not paid within a few hours. The owner of the restaurant did what he was told during the call, which included instructions to send money by either wire transfer or prepaid credit cards, according to the Sparks Police Department.
The Sparks Police Department suggests individuals protect themselves by being suspicious of requests with similar demands, and to contact the company allegedly making the request at a published number prior to paying.
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