Utility scam targets Spanish-speaking Elkhart residents

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A new scam is making the rounds in Elkhart, and it primarily targets Spanish-speaking utility customers.

The scammer spoofs the Public Works & Utilities phone number (574-293-2572) to make it appear as if the call was coming from the City of Elkhart.

When the resident answers, they are told in Spanish that their electricity will be disconnected unless they provide prepaid debit cards to satisfy the balance on their account.

The City of Elkhart says this is a scam, and wants to remind residents not to give their financial or personal information out over the phone to one of these callers.

Water and sewer payments are made to the City, while electricity, gas and trash are made to outside providers.

The number for the billing office for water and sewer is (574) 264-4273. If you have any questions about your account, call this number to receive a clear answer from the billing office.

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