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Wadena PD: Electricity shut off call is a scam

The city of Wadena is not calling to collect payments or threatening to turn off utilities at this time.

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WADENA — If you receive a phone call and the caller states that they need to collect payment for your utilities from the city of Wadena, the Wadena Police Department says this is a scam.
The police department has received complaints about an automated calling system to citizens threatening to shut off electricity within 30 minutes unless he or she pays by credit card.
The police said in a news release that the city is not calling to collect payment at this time.
If you've received this call and have questions about your bill, call the city at 218-631-7707 before you give any information over the phone.
If you gave out your information, call the police department at 218-631-7700.

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