Police warn of MidAmerican phone scam

SL residents should notify police if they get a call

The Storm Lake Police Department is warning the community of a telephone scam that presented itself in the area illegally using the MidAmerican Energy Company name.

Police have learned that citizens and businesses in the Storm Lake area are receiving phone calls from an 800 number with the caller representing themselves as a representative of Mid American Energy.

The caller tells the customer that he/she either has a past due bill or needs immediate repairs to a service.

The customer is advised to acquire a “Green Dot Cash Card” and then call the 800 number and give the cash card account number to the person who answers the phone.

MidAmerican Energy confirmed this afternoon to the Storm Lake Police Department that these calls are scams and to not provide any personal or financial information to the callers.

Citizens and business owners are asked to notify local law enforcement in the event they receive one of these fraudulent calls.

For more information contact the Storm Lake Police Department at 712-732-8010.