Scammers have been targeting both home and business BPU customers in McPherson, calling on local residents and threatening to disconnect utilities unless payment is made immediately, according to BPU's General Manager Tim Maier.
“These folks seem to be fairly educated, telling them that they would accept money from an express payment station... I think [they] did a good job of convincing the customer that they were a part of the utility, and they're not,” said Maier this morning in part of his report to the City Commission.
Maier urges anyone who receives a call, especially after 5:00, from someone claiming to be with BPU, to hang up and call BPU directly during regular business hours. The scammers are threatening to take immediate action unless the customer makes an immediate payment. But as Maier further explained in his report, that simply isn't how BPU operates.
“BPU will not shut people off after 5:00. We will not do that – do not do that. So if somebody gets a call, gets threatened at that time, don't pay them any money. Call us the next morning to get things checked out. Any time you have a question, give BPU a call and we can let you know what the status of your service is. Again, we don't shut people off after 5:00.”
BPU's phone number is 620-245-2515 and they can be reached Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.