Ingram Publishing

The Hannibal Board of Public Works warns its customers to be on the lookout for con artists who may impersonate utility workers and threaten to disconnect service unless a payment is made immediately.

BPW warns that callers who threaten to disconnect service will ask for a credit card number, or ask that money be wired directly or that a reloadable debit or gift card be purchased.

Customers are warned that if they get a call, email or personal visit from someone regarding their utility service, to never give out personal information, never wire money to someone you don’t know, do not click on links or call numbers that come in an unexpected email or text, and never allow anyone into your home to check wiring, gas pipes or appliances without asking for identification.

If you think you’ve been contacted by a scammer, your asked to contact the Hannibal Board of Public Works, the Hannibal Police Department or the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.