Several residents reported to police Saturday a possible scam, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.

The scammer called residents claiming to be with Alliant Energy and told residents to go to Dollar General and buy Green Dot credit cards to pay off outstanding utility bills, according to the release.

Several residents went to Dollar General to make large purchases of the credit cards. Dollar General employees have been warning customers they might be getting scammed and to confirm with Alliant Energy before following through, according to the release.

Police recommended residents contact their energy providers if they receive a similar call to verify the request before paying.

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