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Scam Alert in Crawford County

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

Westar Energy has received a rash of calls from several area businesses in Crawford County regarding phone calls saying your account is late, and a service person will be there to shut off your service in 30 minutes. They are demanding payment over the phone, or to call back and arrange payment by credit card. THIS IS A SCAM. If you believe you have an issue with a payment, please call the Westar Energy Customer Relations Center at 1-800-383-1183.

Here's an Example of the call:

A man by the name of David expressed to the business owner that she had not replied to the last 4 letters mailed, that the account past due, and there would be a service person there in 30 minutes to pull the meter. 

The business owner knew her account was not behind, had called the bank to make sure that her checks had indeed cleared, and then called the local Westar Energy office to make sure that Westar was not going to disconnect her. 

Information given to the business was 1-888-457-9992, Westar Billing and "DAVID" answered the phone and did the talking.  The owner said the number came from a 337 area code but did not have the rest of the phone number. 

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