Fake IID worker attempts to scam customer
A male subject impersonating an Imperial Irrigation District employee Thursday reportedly attempted to scam a resident in the 1100 block of Heber Avenue.
The resident notified the county Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon, and stated she had received a call from someone claiming to be from IID who advised she owed money.
The person on the phone said they were coming to her house to collect a check for $382.10 dollars.
A male subject wearing an IID uniform showed up at her home in a white truck with the IID logo on the side.
The resident refused payment, and an ICSO deputy responded to the home.
On Friday, IID said the scam attempt was just one of several reports made from customers over the last few days, in both the Imperial and Coachella valleys.
Customers have reported they’ve been solicited by fraudulent callers who threaten to disconnect their electricity if payment is not made immediately.
“We’ve had a number of reports in the last few days,” Mike Beltran, IID’s revenue protection coordinator, said. “And we need the public’s continued collaboration to help stop them.”
The public’s vigilance makes a difference, he added. Within the last few weeks, IID was able to shut down two fraudulent 800 numbers.
The district was able to do that “only because of the quick response of customers,” he said. Customers are asked to be suspicious if contacted by anyone who threatens to shut off their power.
Because many scammers attempt to spoof IID’s number or mask their real phone number to make it look like IID is calling, customers should not simply redial the number but instead call IID directly, a news release from the district stated.
The call center can be reached at (800) 303-7756 toll free or at (760) 335-3640.