Keith Porch

Mansfield Police Chief Police Keith Porch.

MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield Police is alerting area residents of possible phone fraud/scams occurring in the community.

"We have been made aware that some area residents are receiving text messages stating that they need to pay their utility/water bill or some variation to that effect," Chief Keith Porch said. "The text message gives them a number to call that begins with a “605” area code which originates in the state of South Dakota."

The City of Mansfield Utility Collection Division does not send out any text messages and/or make telephones calls in reference to requesting payment for a water/sewer utility bill, he added.

Any payments made to Utility Collections are made in person at the Utility Collections Building located at 99 Park Avenue East or online through a link located on the city of Mansfields website.

There is also a Drop Off” payment box located outside of the Utility Collection Building for payments that are made after normal business hours. At no time is a text message and/or phone call made to an area resident or customer requesting them to make a payment over the phone.

If you receive any type of texts and/or calls requesting payment for some type of city service, please use caution and do not provide any personal information such as your bank account information and/or social security number (SSN) to anyone.

Please continue to report these types of suspected fraudulent activities and scams to local law enforcement as well as to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-800-282-0515 or by visiting their website at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov and clicking on the “Report Tips and Scams” icon.