Linton Clerk-Treasurer addresses utiltites scam, what to do

Friday, August 11, 2017

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Linton Clerk-Treasurer Jathan Wright took to Facebook after a utility customer called the city.

“[She] had received a call that she thought was from the City of Linton,” Wright wrote. “The caller was threatening to shut off utilities unless they provided credit card information. I just wanted to remind everyone that the City does not accept Credit Cards by phone. The only way to pay by credit card is through the city website”

In order to warn and protect other customers who may encounter the scam, which appears to be an attempt to steal credit card information, Wright pointed out that city officials will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone by asking for your credit or debit card information over the phone or threaten with arrest if a customer refuses to do so immediately.

Wright advises to not engage with scammers or respond to them.

“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the City, who is trying to get your credit card information, DO NOT engage with the scammer and do not give out any information. Just hang up,” Wright wrote.

For customers who do owe a bill, it is advised to not give out information over the phone, but rather to hang up and call the city at 812-847-4971 for more information.

“Don’t fall for a scam,” said Wright. “Keep your personal information safe by remaining alert.”

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