CHANDLER, Ariz. -- An unidentified individual pretending to be a Salt River Project employee is trying to bilk local businesses for money, according to Chandler police.
Police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler said someone posing over the telephone as an SRP worker has been telling business owners to pay for overdue utility bills.
The scammer tells victims that their power will be shut off within an hour if the bill is not paid in full, according to Tyler.
According to authorities, the caller instructs victims to get a pre-paid credit card and provide an access code to him.
SRP officials say residential and business customers are never contacted by phone over past due bills nor would they be threatened with immediate termination of their power.
They say anyone approached by the caller should call police, call and verify their account with the SRP account manager listed on the top portion of the SRP bill statement, or call the SRP Business Contact Center at 602-236-8833.
If you have received a similar phone call and have not reported it, contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.