Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of an ongoing telephone scam. An employee at a business in Desert Hills, northwest of Lake Havasu City, was contacted on October 8th regarding an unpaid electric bill. The caller saying they are a Unisource Electric representative and the power would be shut off if they haven’t received payment within 45 minutes. The employee offered a credit card, but the representative declined saying it would take 45 minutes for the credit card to go through. The representative suggested a money gram. The employee sent $180 via a money gram from a nearby store. Two weeks later, the employee received a bill from Unisource Electric which did not reflect the payment. The employee called Unisource Electric and they said it was a scam and to report the incident to law enforcement.
Note, in October 2014, this same type of scam was circulating in Lake Havasu City, Chloride, Kingman and Fort Mohave, with the exception of the scammers were accepting credit card numbers.
Often these types of phone calls catch you off guard. It’s recommended to always confirm the situation before sending money. Always be cautious when it comes to sending money, providing personal information including credit card numbers. If you suspect fraud, contact your local law enforcement office.