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Scammer Uses “Avista’ Guise

Coeur d’Alene Police were notified of four different calls into the Kootenai Dispatch Center today that came from senior assisted living and retirement centers. In each of these instances the employees of these businesses reported that a caller posed as an Avista Utilities representative. The caller told the business that they were behind on their payments and needed to provide credit card information in order to be current in their billing. Avista has confirmed that no one from their office has made these calls. The businesses targeted were Life Care Center, Northstar Retirement Community, Pacifica Senior Living, and Bristol Heights Assisted Living. None of these businesses provided information to the caller. Businesses and individuals are targets of this scam. Citizens are reminded to use caution, and not to give out personal information such as banking and credit card numbers/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police.

Question: There has to be a special place in the lower parts of the netherworld for scammers who prey on older people, right?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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