According to the department, people are calling businesses and home claiming to be Benton Utilities or Entergy and saying that the utility bill is so behind that if not paid immediately, power will be turned off.
The department said, during some of the calls, energy customers were directed to go to a nearby grocery store and Western Union money to pay the bill.
Just as a reminder, it is uncommon for utility companies to call and demand immediate payment via Western Union or to ask for their credit card information. If you ever have any doubts as to the legitimacy of a call then hang up and contact your utility company directly or the police department.
Anyone with information about this scam is encouraged to contact the BNPD at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS. You may also text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.