With last week’s strong wind storm we can expect scammers. Omaha Public Power District’s Jodi Baker says the time is ripe for scammers trying to separate you from your money. She says the calls often involve fake shut off warnings, claims that account holders with the utility must buy new meters, and other ploys. She strongly advises you to never give out personal or financial information in a call, email or text that you did not initiate. If you receive such a contact, hang up, do not respond to the email or text, and contact the utility directly if you have questions. Many of the scammers will insist that the victims buy prepaid cards to pay for the ruse. Baker says that is a red flag that a scam is underway.