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April 1, 2014

Police probing city bill collecting scam

DUNCAN — At least three businesses have been contacted by someone claiming to be with the Duncan Public Utility Authority, requesting immediate payment for an overdue bill, police said Monday.

 Detective Donnie Foraker said the scam is discernible because it doesn’t use the traditional avenues the Duncan Utility Authority uses to collect payments.

“It’s bogus,” Foraker said. “We don’t do it that way. We don’t make in-person contact.”

The City of Duncan contacts people and businesses with overdue bills through an automated calling system. After the phone call is received, the person or business has 10 days to make payment before a final letter is sent.

After the final letter is received, the utility, whether water or electric, is shut off.

Foraker said people or businesses who receive a suspicious call can make contact with the Duncan Police Department. Anyone with information  can call the Duncan Police Department at 580-255-2112.

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