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Utility scam targets Sioux Falls businesses

Officer Sam Clemens SFPD (Download MP3)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Another phone scam is making the rounds.  This one targets businesses and their MidAmerican Energy bill.

Officer Sam Clemens says the caller threatens the business with shutting down their power.  Clemens says while the scam is not widespread yet, detectives want to alert business owners so they can avoid becoming victims.               

Clemens says three businesses reported the calls and one lost money.

Clemens says utilities never approach customers about overdue bills in that fashion.  And, he says, if you are uncertain about an electric or gas bill, call your provider to square your account.