The city of Lodi is warning residents to be on the lookout for callers posing as Lodi Electric Utility employees.
According to city spokesman Jeff Hood, several Lodi residents received telephone calls this week from someone claiming to be representing Lodi Electric Utility. The callers tell residents they need to wire money to Lodi Electric Utility or have their power shut off.
The suspicious phone calls began in early January and seemed to have ended, Hood said. But the calls have begun again this week, he said.
Residents starting utility service can arrange payments only through the city’s Finance Division at 310 W. Elm St. The city does not call or visit homes or businesses to arrange payment.
In addition, Lodi Electric Utility only warns residents of power shut-offs through written notices.
Anyone who receives a call should contact the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727.