Utility phone scams being reported statewide

By Chris Swick
November 20, 2015

Phone utility scams are making the rounds in Kansas.

Law enforcement in Junction City and Salina have both reported instances of an individual calling and claiming water service is about to be cut off unless the money is sent in right away. This is similar to a scam that came to the McPherson Board of Public Utility's attention back in September through a customer.

In that case, the customer was told his check had bounced and his water would be shut off unless he paid immediately. BPU General Manager Tim Maier stressed at the time

“We have a very regimented process,” Maier said. “If a person's late, we send them a notice. Then, 48 hours before there's a disconnect, there's a phone call. And then we'll actually do a personal visit and then we'll turn somebody off.”that is not the utility's practice when bills are overdue.”

If you have received such a phone call, or if you have any questions, Maier urges you to contact the BPU at 245-2515.