The Teton County, Idaho Sheriff’s office is warning residents there about a telephone scam that was reported last week. While the ploy is being used in other areas locally and around the country, in this instance, a Teton Valley businessman fell victim when a caller posing as a representative of an electrical utility company advised him there was an outstanding balance on his account. The caller said that if payment was not received immediately, services would be turned off. To solve the problem, the victim was advised to purchase a pre-paid debit card in the amount owed and then provide the account number over the phone. Making such calls more convincing, the scammer sometimes uses a “voice over IP device” which is an internet-based phone system allowing a phone number to be used that appears to be local. In fact, the call may be coming from anywhere in the world. Sheriff Tony Liford advises those who might receive such a call to contact their utility company directly using the phone number provided on an invoice or in the phone directory. He says should someone receive a call they consider suspicious, they should report it immediately to the Teton County, Idaho Sheriff’s Department.