Scam of the Week: Bogus calls from City Utilities

It's a new one. It's the latest way crooks are bending the truth to try to steal your money.

"It's very sad when people take advantage of their neighbors this time of the year ... especially. Money is tight. Taxes, Christmas, end of the year bills ... things like that. We understand that," said Joel Alexander with City Utilities.

Workers with City Utilities say cons saw an opportunity and ran with it. Thieves call and say they're with CU. They need to change your electric meter, but if you don't pay up, you might not have power with your new meter.

"It doesn't work that way at all. If you are a customer and you haven't paid your bill it's about a sixty day process before we reach the point of turning off utility service," said Alexander.

Here's the truth. Real CU workers are out changing meters. Swindlers want to take advantage of the convenience. Don't forget -- they can use what's called Caller ID Spoofing. They can make your phone display CU's number. Don't be fooled.

If you have any questions about your bill, call CU directly. Here are three things you can do right now to try and dodge these calls.

1. Just don't pick up. When you answer, they know you have a working number so they'll just keep calling.
2. Join both no call lists -- the federal and state.
3. There's an app for that. There are dozens of apps that block scammers, robo and telemarketers calls.

https://www.lifewire.com/top-call-blocking-app-for-smartphones-4050085