Scam warning from Cedar Rapids police and Alliant Energy

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- The Cedar Rapids Police Department and Alliant Energy are warning of a scam phone call that has been recently reported.

According to Sgt. Laura Faircloth of the Cedar Rapids Police Department, a call is placed to a resident saying their electricity will be turned off in 30 minutes if the balance of an outstanding bill is not paid. The person receiving the call is then given a 1-800 number to call. The 1-800 number is then answered by someone claiming to be an employee of Alliant Energy.

Faircloth says Alliant Energy has told them this is a scam and is warning people not to give out personal information or complete any financial transaction over the phone.

"Really the thing to know about this scam is we don't put a high pressure technique or tactic on our customers if we're going to disconnect a customer," Mike Wagner, Alliant Energy spokesperson, said. "It's one of the last things we want to do. So we've had repeated conversations with the customer. There's even been a mailing, a disconnecting notice. We don't call them and say you have 30 minutes, you've got 60 minutes or else."

If you receive a call and have concerns, you should contact your local Alliant Energy office.