|The Henry County Sheriffs Department says don't necessarily believe it if you get a call saying your power is about to be shut off, and you need to make a payment immediately.
Sheriff Jim Padilla says that's the latest national scam to take hold. In this area, Padilla says residents have gotten calls from people claiming to represent Ameren or ComEd, telling them their bills are past due, and that they need to pay now or face disconnection.
While that might happen, Padilla says the problem is that the scammers are often asking for bank or credit card information over the phone, or asking you to use what he calls untraceable methods of payment -- like through the website PayPal, or through pre-paid credit cards.
Padilla says don't pay, and don't give out any information to the scammer.
He urges residents who may have had such calls to call their utility and report it, and also to call the Henry County Sheriffs Office or local law enforcement.