Kidnap threatened in Hermiston billing scam

October 9, 2012 

— The city of Hermiston says someone falsely claiming to work for Hermiston Energy Services threatened to kidnap a customer after failing to dupe the person out of money.

The city says the Spanish-speaker caller told the customer his payment was late and power would be shut off in 20 minutes. The scammer directed the customer to go to Walmart, get a money card and provide the card number over the phone.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports that when the customer refused to do as told, the caller got angry and threatened to kidnap him. No arrest has been made.

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