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Overton Power Phone Call Scam Is Again Active In the Mesquite Area

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:48 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 9:48 PM ]

Back in March of 2016, the Mesquite Police Department issued a press release cautioning residents to be aware of callers who claim to represent Overton Power asking for payments on past due bills.  Multiple residents have again notified the Mesquite Police Department that they have been receiving phone calls from persons claiming to be from Overton Power.  These callers are threatening to shut off the resident’s power if they do not immediately send a specified amount of money from a “past due bill”.   

These callers are at times attempting to intimidate and be extremely forceful over the phone.  As part of the scam the caller will ask the resident to make an immediate payment by credit card over the phone in order to prevent Overton Power crews coming out the home and disconnecting service.

The Police Department is aware of the scam so there is no need to file a report unless you have suffered a financial loss as a result of the scam.  Unfortunately in cases like this, it is highly unlikely that the victims will recover the lost funds. 

It is suggested that residents tell the scammer that they will call back Overton Power and make a payment.  Keep your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers private.  Never give your personal information or financial information to callers you do not know, even if they ask you to “confirm” this information.