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July 10, 2015: Fraud Alert: Don't Pay Up, Hang Up on Utility Scam

Don’t Pay Up, Hang Up on Utility Scam

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Electricity bills are bound to swell as air conditioning units and pool heaters provide some relief this summer.

Swindlers will be calling, claiming to represent a utility company. They tell customers their bill is overdue and threaten to shut off the power or water unless the debt is paid. They will have a person’s name, address and possibly an account number to create a convincing sham.

The callers then tell customers they must get a prepaid debit card to ensure service isn't interrupted. Customers call the thieves back and provide the card information.    

TIPS:

  • Utility companies will not contact customers by phone asking for payment or use high-pressure tactics.
  • No utility company will require customers to pay a bill by any unusual means.
  • Be sure to ask for the caller’s name, department and business phone number.
  • Report any suspicious calls to the utility immediately.

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