The city of Billings is warning citizens of telephone scammers attempting to obtain sensitive credit card information. 

Public Information Officer for the city of Billings, Victoria Hill, says the latest attempted fraudulent call was a person claiming to the from the Public Works Department, requesting credit card information to avoid a disconnection of services. Hill adds the calls appear to have started last week. Fortunately, customers who reported the calls did not fall for the scam.

According to the press release, several customers received a fraudulent phone call asking for their credit card numbers to avoid interruption of services. Reports from customers say the caller is familiar with the disconnection process and uses familiar language during the scam call. Billings Public Works does contact customers by phone for the disconnection process, which is one reason why these scam calls are concerning. 

Due to the fraudulent calls, customers receiving a phone call from the Public Works Department are asked to hang up the phone and call back. There are several other ways to make payments for services. Customers can also pay at the Utilities Service Center at 2251 Belknap Avenue. Payments can be taken through the outside drop box or at the front counter Monday through Thursday during business hours from 8 am to 5 pm. 

Customers can also make payments online using InvoiceCloud or WaterSmart, which can be found here. Payments can also be made over the phone at 406- 657-8315; press three to speak with customer service.