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Police warn of utility scam on Thanksgiving

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - Nov 28th, 2013 @ 8:34pm

OGDEN — Police in Ogden are reminding people to be cautious of scams, even on holidays.

Thursday, an Ogden resident received a phone call from a person claiming to be a representative with Rocky Mountain Power. The caller told the male resident that "a fuse had been blown," putting his home in danger of fire, Ogden police said.

The scammer, police said, then asked the resident for a prepaid Moneypak credit card amounting to $300 in exchange for sending a technician out to the Ogden home.

The resident bought a $300 card and gave the scammer the card's number. The scammer then asked the resident for another payment of $350. The resident then immediately called Rocky Mountain Power. The company notified the resident of the scam, police said.

Ogden Police Department are investigating the incident. Police said the scammer is likely operating out of state or out of the country.

Police are reminding the public to be mindful of any unsolicited phone calls and ask people to notify police of possible scams.

Celeste Tholen Rosenlof

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