Richland residents have been warned of a phone scam that has targeted power company customers.

The scammers call and threaten to shut off your power unless you call a toll free number to negotiate a payment. The power company says it does automated call costumers but has them call the official phone payment system, according to news reports.

If you think you have been targeted for this scam, contact the Richland power customer service number 509-942-1104 or e-mail