Portland Police Department is warning Portland and surrounding area businesses about a recent scam.

SCAM ALERT

Several Portland area businesses have been contacted over the phone and told that they were delinquent on their CMP utility payments. They were told to immediately purchase Green Dot Pre-Paid Visa cards and provide the card number to the caller over the phone.

This is one of many scams being used by criminals based overseas. A legitimate business will never demand payment this way.

Hang up, don't engage them and do not provide any account numbers or identifying information over the phone to unsolicited callers.

Let's be careful out there!