Scammers pretend to be part of Arizona Public Service

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – The Yuma Police Department announces Wednesday that locals have been targeted by a new group of scammers claiming to be part of the Arizona Public Service (APS).

Sergeant Lori Franklin says callers are falsely telling Yuma residents “they have an overdue billing situation and the power would be cut off within the next 30 minutes or less.”

Franklin confirms that APS knows of the situation.

Here are some tips and tricks to avoid getting scammed:

Recognizing a Scam

  • Threat to shut off: Scammers often contact customers claiming their utility bill is past due and service will be shut off unless a payment is made right away – usually within an hour or less.
  • Request for immediate payment: Scammers may instruct customers to call them back after they purchase a prepaid card.
  • Request for prepaid card: When the customer…

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