Police warn of scam targeting Minnesota Power customersA new scam targeting Minnesota Power customers has hit the Northland, Duluth police warned Friday.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A new scam targeting Minnesota Power customers has hit the Northland, Duluth police warned Friday.
Several residents have reported receiving phone calls that claim to be from a Minnesota Power representative alerting them that they are overdue on their accounts. The caller demands they purchase a prepaid money card to pay a balance of up to several hundred dollars.
“(The caller) instructs the customer that their power is going to be shut off unless they make an immediate payment,” said Shana Green, an investigator with the department’s property crimes unit.
Minnesota Power does make courtesy calls to customers who are overdue, Green said, but there are several ways to spot the scam. The call typically comes from the number (952) 583-5709 and the caller identifies himself as “Jonathan Walker.”
The customers are then instructed to purchase a MoneyPak prepaid card from Walgreens or CVS, and then call back with the card number — allowing the scammer to redeem the money from the card.
Green said phone scams tend to cycle through area codes, so the scammer probably will move on once the market has been exhausted.