To avoid trouble, they say, make payment for the bogus debt through Monkey Pak/Green Dot or other pre-paid money or debit cards.
The duped victim ends up supplying the fraudster with the card's security code and the money is quickly withdrawn remotely. Once gone, there is no way to get the funds back, since the cards are not linked to a bank account or insured against fraud.
SLCPD warns that no reputable agency instructs or demands payment in such a manner. If you receive such a call, police say, first to hang up, then call the utility or purported agency direct, based on contact information provided in a telephone directory or perhaps a past official billing notice.
SLCPD has provided a video on the pre-paid card scam and other cons targeting the public on its website at http://slcpd.com/chiefs-message-march-2014-financial-crimes-scams/.
If you have information on such scams or other criminal activity, call SLCPD at 801-799-3000. To remain anonymous, text the keyword TIPSLCPD and your information to 274637.