Scam warning issued
August 28, 2014
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department issued a warning about two possible scams that may be being used to target people in South Lake Tahoe.
SLTPD Det. Doug Sentell stated in a press release that the police department has recently received numerous calls regarding residents receiving calls from people pretending to be from Liberty Utilities asking for money for alleged overdue bills.
The residents said the caller told them they had a past due bill. The caller then threatened to shut off their power if they didn’t pay the bill over the phone immediately.
People who have questions about their bill can contact Liberty Utilities directly at 800-782-2506 or go online to Liberty Energy and view their legitimate payment methods at http://www.libertyutilities.com/west/customer_support/payment_options.html.
The SLTPD has also received information from federal authorities that a similar scam involving the IRS is also occurring, Sentell stated. You can research more about the IRS scam here http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department wants to remind residents not to give out any personal information over the phone to anyone calling unsolicited. That includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, debit/credit card numbers, or any banking information. The same is true for any solicitation or requests for money received by email. Millions of dollars are lost each year nationwide through scams such as the ones currently being investigated.