PIERRE, S.D. | South Dakota utility consumers should not provide credit card or bank account numbers to callers saying they represent power companies, Attorney General Marty Jackley said in a press release warning residents of a telephone scam.

Jackley said in the press release that scammers claiming to be employees of legitimate utility companies are calling customers and threatening to shut off their power if they do not immediately provide a credit card number or bank account number to settle a delinquent account. The callers also are using caller ID spoofing to make the call appear that it is coming from legitimate utility companies.

Those who receive such a call should hang up and call their utility company to confirm their account status.

The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division said that several complaints about the calls have been received from consumers in western South Dakota, but will likely spread to other parts of the state.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, report the activity to your utility company or contact the Consumer Protection Division at 800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us.

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