9/12 SCAM ALERT

Recently, people have been receiving phone calls from representatives claiming to be from their utility company. They claim the customer’s bill is overdue and that their power will be shut off immediately unless they pay the bill. The truth is that these “representatives” are just scammers trying to scare unsuspecting folks into paying fake bills through prepaid gift cards over the phone. If you get a call like this, please hang up and call the number you have on file for your utilities company. Your true provider would never call and threaten to shut off your power without having mailed multiple notices in advance, and they will only ever ask you to pay your bill in traditional ways, not through gift cards or other gimmicks.

 

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

Image:

iStock_UtilityWires.000016702791Small.jpg