MidAmerican Energy warns of phone scams
Several MidAmerican Energy customers have recently been targeted by telephone scammers who are posing as utility employees and threatening to shut off power unless the customer makes a payment over the phone with a prepaid debit card. Customers receiving these calls should hang up the phone immediately. In these most recent calls, scammers targeted commercial customers as the holiday shopping season was winding up. They use sophisticated methods to trick customers, which can include spoofing Caller ID to make the call appear as if it is coming from the utility; requiring customers to make an immediate payment using a prepaid (Green Dot) card; and impersonating energy auditors in an attempt to get inside homes or businesses. MidAmerican customers who receive a suspicious call should hang up and call local police and MidAmerican at 888-427-5632 to report the scam and to check the status of their account.