City of Independence officials say a phone scam is targetting residents and businesses – again.

The calls come from someone purporting to be with the city, making a demand for utility bills and threatening to cut off utility service. The caller also demands payment information, such as for a credit card. The city, however, does not request such personal information over the phone. This scam has popped up before.

Those getting these calls should not answer those questions and should call the Independence Police Department at 816-836-3600, the city says.