PIERRE, S.D. –The Pierre Police Department has been alerted to a potential scam that is targeting City of Pierre utility customers.
Businesses and people living in Pierre are being contacted via email and phone and told that they owe the City of Pierre money and that their utilities will be shut off if they don’t provide personal bank account information or wire money to an account provided by the scammer. The scammer may pose as a collection agent or claim to work for the City of Pierre.
Pierre Utility customers receive monthly billing statements for utilities. Customers may receive an automated call from the City of Pierre with a reminder of when a bill is due. A Pierre Municipal Utility employee will never contact a customer and ask for payment, bank account information or to wire money.
The Pierre Police Department is currently investigating the matter.
If you have concerns about a contact you have received regarding your Pierre Municipal Utility bill, contact Pierre Municipal Utilities at 773.7407 or the Pierre Police Department at 773.7413.