Better Business Bureau Northwest & Pacific has received multiple reports of scammers calling residents and businesses claiming to be with Idaho Power threatening to shut off their power if they don’t make immediate payment. An Ada County man reported to BBB Scam Tracker that the caller “spoofed” Idaho Power’s phone number. “He said our power bill was not paid and a technician was headed out to shut it off,” the man reported.Fortunately, the man was able to get off the phone without paying any money. According to Idaho Power, this is just the latest in a long string of increasingly sophisticated scams targeting their customers. “Scammers are getting more and more sophisticated, employing technology to trick customers into thinking they have a call from – or are placing a call to – their utility,” said Customer Service Senior Manager Maggie Brilz. “To reach Idaho Power, customers should always call 208-388-2323 or 1-800-488-6151 outside the Treasure Valley. Any other phone numbers could be fraudulent.”In Western Washington, Puget Sound Energy is warning its customers about similar calls circulating the area. They are reminding customers that they will receive several notifications in the mail concerning overdue payments. Customers with concerns about a call to pay their bill should hang up and contact PSE directly at 1-888-225-5773.Utility company imposters will typically reach out by telephone or knock on your door claiming to be a representative from the local water, electric or gas company. In the most common scenario, the scammer informs you that payment is overdue and the utility will be shut off if you don’t pay immediately.How to spot this scam: Restrictive payment methods. If a caller specifically asks you to pay by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, this is a huge warning sign. Your utility company will accept a check or credit card – payment methods which are easier to track and later dispute if necessary. Pressure to pay immediately. If you feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill. This will ensure you are speaking to a real representative.Get more tips on this scam by visiting bbb.org/utilityscams.Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a scam should contact their local law enforcement and report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.