If you receive a call about a purportedly overdue electrical, gas or tax bill, be wary. If a demand payment through a pre-paid money card follows, call police.
The pre-paid money card scam is on the rise in Salt Lake City, police say, noting they recently have been getting up to half-a-dozen complaints daily about such con jobs.
The Salt Lake City Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit reports the complaints have a common theme: callers claim they are collection agents representing utilities or government agencies.
To avoid trouble, they say, make payment for the bogus debt through Monkey Pak/Green Dot or other pre-paid money or debit cards.