Scam targeting Utah power customers could create credit card debt

Customers of a power company in Utah should be aware that they are being targeted by identity thieves in a scam that could see them hit for thousands of dollars in fraudulent credit card debt.

According to a report in the Salt Lake City newspaper the Deseret News, customers of Rocky Mountain Power are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be employees of the company. The calls typically involve the criminal informing the customer that their last check did not include a signature, and soliciting their credit card number over the phone to ensure there’s no termination of service.

“These calls are in no way associated with our company, and we want to make sure our customers are aware that anything that seems unusual is just that – unusual,” Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer services for the company, told the paper.

According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, one customer had $2,210 of fraudulent credit card debt racked up before he realized something was amiss and canceled his cards.