RICHLAND -- Scammers claiming to be employees from a power company have targeted Richland residents in the past several weeks.
Police have gotten multiple reports of scammers calling citizens telling them they need to pay the remaining balance on their electrical bill or the power will be shut off, authorities said. The scammers are asking citizens to pay at least half of the balance with a money transfer, credit or debit card, or a prepaid Green Dot card.
The city of Richland uses an automated system to make past due notifications. A payment is not demanded during that call.
Police are asking citizens not to give out any personal information over the phone to solicitors.
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Anyone who has been scammed can call Richland police at 509-628-0333.