Police Warn of Phone Scam
Contacts: Lieutenant Joe Messerich, (563) 589-4473
Assistant Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563) 589-4444
Dispatch has received several calls today from citizens who reported receiving a scam phone call. The call is a robo call purporting to be from Alliant Energy. The robo call instructs the recipient to call an 800 number that connects to a spoofed Alliant Energy phone tree. The message threatens the recipient with a service shutdown in 30 minutes if they don’t comply.
If you receive one of these calls hang up. Don’t let the threat of losing power service in this cold weather scare you into giving up personal or financial information.
Alliant Energy has some good information on these types of scams on their website, https://www.alliantenergy.com/CustomerService/ForYourSafety/HowtoSpotaScam.
If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.