The Boonville Police Department warns residents of a scam targeting Ameren customers that has taken place throughout the state.

A local resident was called by someone associating themselves with Ameren who said that the company was going to shut off their electricity unless payment was immediately sent. The caller requested payment information to allow payment over the phone. The caller’s number was 815-664-2815, which is northern Illinois area code.

Police contacted Ameren and the company said this as a scam. Ameren UE notifications are sent by mail.