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Crime Alert: Resident Loses $900 in Utility Scam

A caller told the resident that there was a problem with equipment on her house regarding the electricity, according to Richfield Public Safety.

Beware of scams.
Beware of scams.

A Richfield residents lost more than $900 to a scammer posing as a utility company employee.

The following is more information from Richfield Public Safety:

The caller told the resident that there was a problem with equipment on her house regarding the electricity and the replacement equipment would have to be paid for via a credit card or Green Dot MoneyPak. The resident complied with the MoneyPak request and later learned from Xcel Energy that there were no service calls to her residence and she had been scammed. (This scam involved multiple conversations and several callers posing as utility employees.)

PLEASE be wary of callers stating they are from ANY utility or financial company.  If personal or credit card information is requested, do NOT provide it. Instead, contact the company by calling the number listed on your monthly bill or statement. 

Please share this information with family/friends who frequently use MoneyPaks for payment.

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