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Scammers claiming to be Avista are targeting local businesses. Scammers claiming to be Avista are targeting local businesses.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

There's one very simple way to tell if a caller is just pretending to be Avista. If they make any immediate demands for payments, or threaten to turn off your power, they aren't the company. Dan Barranti is the owner of Laguna Café, and says he could tell that the person calling him wasn't Avista right away.

"At the very end of it, I said, 'You're just a scam!' And they hung up," he remembered. He's happy that he was savvy enough to recognize what was happening, but he says these scammers are sophisticated, and could fool some people.

Avista said to make a note of the number that calls you, and call the actual Avista with that information. Avista's number is 509-489-0500.

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