OKLA. CITY - Janice Kostura makes her living selling beads and vintage rhinestones.
Last week, she was filling orders when she received a call from a scammer posing as an OG&E worker.
He gave her a badge number, rattled off her address and threatened to turn her power off because she was way past due on paying her power bill.
Of course Janice's account wasn’t delinquent.
Still, Janice went into panic mode since most of her business comes from online sales.
“This is my livelihood,” she said. “You don't shut off my electricity especially when I'm current and I can prove I'm current.
OG&E spokesperson, Kathleen O'Shea, says the shysters also target residential customers, mainly the elderly and people who don't speak very good English.
“We're not going to say I need your credit card number now or we're going to shut you off,” O’Shea said.
We wanted to know who's behind the scam calls.
The scam recording said, “Thank you for calling PSO, the disconnection department.”
The recording doesn't even mention OG&E.
PSO is an electric company that serves the Tulsa and Lawton areas.
We kept trying to call but never got a hold of anyone.
The In Your Corner bottom line is OG&E will call you if you're behind on your bill, but only as a last resort.
“It's a multi-day thing,” O’Shea said. “You're going to have heard from us via letter, via multiple letters that you owe us money.”
OG&E won’t buy a prepaid debit card or send one of their workers to your home to collect payment.