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Sikeston DPS warns residents of utilities company phone scam

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents to be wary of phone calls from the Board of Municipal Utilities, saying they might be getting scammed.

Police say they have received reports from local businesses that they are getting phone calls from a male caller identifying themselves as the Board of Municipal Utilities (BMU).

The caller is demanding payment for services or stating they will shut off their utilities.

BMU officials advised that they do not place these types of phone calls - businesses would be contacted in person during these situations.

Sikeston DPS also encourages everyone to follow the Missouri Attorney Generals advice:

  1. Never give personal information to unknown persons over the phone or electronically.
  2. Be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls, voice messages or emails.
  3. Do not return unsolicited voice messages from suspicious callers.
  4. Never wire or send money in response to an unknown caller’s demand.

Sikeston Department of Public Safety encourages anyone with information about this incident or any other type of crime to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711, Private message the Sikeston Department of Public Safety Facebook page, or visit Sikeston DPS at 201 S. Kingshighway, Sikeston Missouri.

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