TELEPHONE SCAM TARGETING LOCAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS PDF Print
Friday, 08 November 2013 09:54

The Better Business Bureau is warning residents and business owners of a bill payment scam that is targeting utility customers.  The caller claims they are an employee with KU (or another utility company) and asks form immediate payment on the account using a Green Dot MoneyPak Card.  The caller threatens to disconnect service immediately if payment is not made.

The BBB advises:

-Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

-Utility companies do not contact customers and demand immediate payment by MoneyPak Cards to avoid disconnection.

-Do not always trust the CallerID.  Scammers can use spoofers to make it appear as if they are legitimate.

-If you receive a call demanding payment, hang up and call your provider directly to check for any problems with your account.

 

-Never give out personal or financial information over the telephone unless you have verified the caller.

 

This is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week- Today we are patting on the back the “Unseen First Responders”. Beverly Harbison and employees- Julie Greer, April Dunbar, Dennis Hatcher, Laura Lee Williams, Amy Houchin, Colleen Hamilton, Schelly Vance, Pan Lyons, Jim Spears, Lisa Shirley, Teresa Bull, Alison Burton, Matthew Vaughn, Bill Ekhardt, Bill Shoopman, Kathy Tyree, Joe Perry, Joann Eaton.

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