JPD warns residents of attempted phone scams

The Juneau Police Department has received two reports of attempted telephone scams in the Juneau area, JPD reported Friday.

According to reports made to the City and Borough of Juneau Finance Department, a caller claiming to be a CBJ representative informed the Juneau residents that their water bill was overdue, and demanded immediate payment through a credit card.

Both individuals contacted refused to provide their credit card information, then notified CBJ.

In a release issued Friday, JPD reminded residents that utility services, banks, and other businesses with similar accounts do not operate by cash over the telephone, or make demands of immediate cash or credit card payment. If in doubt, JPD advised local residents to ask callers claiming to represent these businesses to verify their account information, physical address and current balance. Or, ask callers for their name and call them back using the business’ publicly published phone number.

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