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MASON CITY | An Alliant Energy-related scam has resurfaced again in North Iowa, officials say.

The Mason City Police Department says scammers are threatening disconnection to convince customers to give money over the phone.

Capt. Mike McKelvey said the department has received complaints about the calls. 

“Today, many area residents and business have reported getting threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be with Alliant Energy,” McKelvey said in a release Thursday.

In the calls, the caller threatens to shut off the utilities in an hour unless the person pays immediately over the phone through an untraceable format, like a prepaid debit card.

“Alliant does not operate this way, Mckelvey said. “Residents should never give out sensitive information to unsolicited callers or emailers.”

Mckelvey suggested that when in doubt, customers should check their accounts online or contact Alliant directly first. 

Visit www.alliantenergy.com for more information on how to identify Alliant scams. People who have been scammed should call police at 641-421-3636.

— Courtney Fiorini

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Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.

 

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