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BPD Warns Residents About Utility Scam

Scammers are posing as Ameren employees. They have been calling local businesses...
BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington Police Department is warning consumers of a utility bill scam that is targeting small businesses.

Scammers are posing as Ameren employees. They have been calling local businesses during peak busy hours and then threatening to turn off the power unless they pay their utility bill immediately.

Scammers are asking customers to pay by prepaid gift cards or through PayPal. Bloomington police warn citizens to always be suspicious of any unexpected calls even from utility companies since scammers have found ways to mask their identities on Caller ID.

"Just always be suspicious when somebody calls you out of the blue and you're not expecting it. Typically a utility company isn't going to say you have an hour to pay this or we'll shut off your power. That's not how they work. So that should also raise some red flags,” said Sara Mayer, spokeswoman for the Bloomington Police Department.

If you come across this scam, Ameren is asking its customers to report the incident to customer service at 800-755-5000.

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