Be aware of scams targeting utility consumers

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Utility companies want to remind people to be aware of scammers and con artists who target consumers by posing as utility representatives who demand immediate payment of an “overdue” bill.

Recent scams includem scammers going door-to-door offering to restore power for a fee, or asking if a resident’s power is out or phone calls using “spoofing technology” that displays a utility company’s name and phone number on caller ID systems when they call only to then threaten disconnection of service — usually within 30 minutes — if immediate payment is not made with a prepaid debit or money card.

Other variations of the scam involve someone claiming to be from a utility company and leaving a voice message to call a number, usually an unfamiliar 1-800 or area code, that is not connected to the utility company.

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