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Scam targets PUD customer

Northern Wasco County PUD is warning customers of a telephone scam that targeted a local customer. The customer received a phone call Dec. 23 from a man wanting $800 or the customer’s power would be turned off. The customer contacted Northern Wasco County PUD and was told not to give out any information and to report the incident to local police.

We advise our customers to never give out credit card and bank account information or cash to someone who poses as a PUD Representative. Northern Wasco County PUD employees carry PUD identification. If in doubt, get the individual’s name and immediately call the Northern Wasco County PUD Office at 541-296-2226.

Earlier this month, Gov. John Kitzhaber extended similar terms to Intel, which also is expanding.

Both companies are headquartered in the Portland region, a point not lost on the legislators from districts outside the urban area.

“One or two districts in the state of Oregon got special consideration while other parts of the state that could have benefited from like legislation were excluded,” said Republican Rep. Greg Smith of Heppner, on the Columbia Plateau in Morrow County.

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