COLUMBIA, Mo. - According to the Columbia Police Department's Facebook page, scammers pretending to be with Ameren UE and City of Columbia Water and Light are targeting Columbia residents and businesses. The scammers are calling victims and telling them that their utilities will be disconnected if the victim does not provide payment over the phone.
The scammers provide "claim numbers" and "employee identification numbers," making it seem real. They also have an automated phone system in place when you call the phone numbers provided back. Phone numbers that have been associated with this scam are:
- 1-800-620-2350 x721
- (573) 203-4651
Ameren UE and City of Columbia, Missouri don't call citizens asking for payment with debit, credit or green dot cards.