Scammers threaten business with shutting off electricity

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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NEWTON, Kan.-- Twice in a week, Westar is the target of imposters and scammers.

On Thursday, a business was threatened over the phone that they would be shutting off electricity for unpaid bills.

"They insisted it was Westar Energy and I owned them money. That's when he got irate when I was like, 'I have receipts. I think this is a scam. You're lying," said Sandi Bates, owner of In The Middle Salon in Newton. "Then he called me the b-word and hung up on me."

Westar Energy was made aware of the scam and said it was not their representative.

"When we call and place a collection call, we'll obviously be able to talk to you about your statement. If you have any hesitations or you're curious if this really is Westar, don't hesitate to ask that person for their employee number," said Nick Bundy, Westar spokesperson.

Earlier this week, Westar sent out a warning about people posing as employees of the company in order to get inside homes.

If you are in doubt of the legitimacy of a company, ask for their phone number and then find the company's customer service hotline. Report the incident with the company and with local law enforcement.

For more information about Westar scam alerts, click here.


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