Sheriff warns of ongoing scam calls in Gallatin Co

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 14:32:33-05

BOZEMAN — The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is warning that phone scammers are targeting people in Gallatin County, this time pretending to be representatives from the power company.

According to a press release, the office has received numerous calls about a scam involving callers stating they are from NorthWestern Energy. The caller states that they are calling about a delinquent account and if the account is not brought up to date immediately, they will shut off the power.

The caller will ask for the person’s credit card information. When the person gives them their credit card information, they will tell the person that the credit card comes back as declined. Once this occurs they instruct the person to go and purchase a prepaid Visa card.

Officials say the scammers are aggressive, convincing, and persistent. The sheriff’s office said do not give them any information, hang up the phone and do not respond in any way.