Fake IID worker at­tempts to scam cus­tomer

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

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.

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