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Mason City police warn of phone scam

MASON CITY – Mason City police are warning of a phone scam.

Police say they have had three local businesses so far that have reported a phone scam. Someone is calling local businesses; the unknown caller claims to be employed with Alliant Energy and threatens the recipient that they are going to disconnect their utilities for unpaid bills. So far the fraudster has asked the recipient to use a credit card or go wire money.

Anyone receiving unsolicited contact from utility or bank companies should write down name and contact information and then follow up with their local businesses. Police advice do not give out personal info, credit card info, or wire money to someone if you have not verified the reason first through a local (known) contact.

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