They're threatening to shut off your power if you don't pay up!

A new scam has hit Idaho, this time targeting costumers of Idaho Power. The scammer calls you, then claims you owe money; and if you don't pay immediately, the company will shut off service to the home or business.

The caller also claims that several notices have been sent, and this call serves as the final notice. Here's where it gets fishy, the caller is instructing the costumer to send cash to a bank account number, send a prepaid debit card, or send a wireless transfer.

The Idaho Statesman recommends the following tips so you don't become a victim of this scam:

  • Verify independently. Hang up, then call the utility company from the number on your bill.
  • Prepaid debit cards are a red flag. If a caller specifically asks you to pay by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, this is a huge warning sign. Your utility company will accept a check or credit card.
  • Don’t cave to pressure to pay immediately. If a caller demands payment or personal information, hang up and return to step one: Call the company independently and verify.
  • Ask utility employees for proper identification. Make sure an ID card matches the story and uniform.
  • Never allow anyone into your home or business to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or reported a problem.
Rick and Carly