Another scammer has been successful.
Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said Wednesday that at noon on Tuesday, someone posing as a Westar Energy employee called Hill Liquor, 153 N. Broadway, and told the employee there that the liquor store hadn’t paid its electric bill and that if she didn’t pay, the power would be turned off at 12:30 p.m. The Hill Liquor employee was told to put $1,473 on three GoBank cards and then provide the card information to the caller, he said.
The liquor store employee went to Walmart and, using liquor store funds, purchased three GoBank cards and provided the information to the caller, Forrester said. It wasn’t until after the information had been provided that the liquor store employee began to suspect the transaction was not legitimate and called Westar, he said. Westar informed the liquor store employee that they did not make the call and would not request payment in such a manner, Forrester added.