COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Police in northern Idaho are warning residents of a new phone scam.
The Coeur d'Alene Police Department received four calls on Thursday from separate retirement centers and assisted-living residences reporting that scammers posing as power company representatives called seeking credit card information.
Police say the scammers claimed they were from Avista Utilities and told the businesses they were behind on their payments and needed to provide credit card information to become current in their billing. None of the businesses provided the information.
Avista has confirmed its employees did not make the calls.