Target 2: Utility Payment Scam - WBAY

Target 2: Utility Payment Scam


This story originally appeared April 16, 2013:

A warning tonight about people posing at utility workers trying to scheme people out of money.

Wisconsin Public Service tells Action 2 News a local customer lost money to the fraud.

This is a nationwide fraud case that just happened in Green Bay.

Wisconsin Public Service says a local resident got a phone call from someone posing as a utility company employee, telling them the power will be shut off immediately unless they make a payment.

To avoid getting disconnected, they're told to buy a pre-paid debit card and then call back to make a payment.

WPS says it would never make such a request.

"We're never going to call them and tell them to run and get a pre-paid card or get some cash and we'll come and pick it up. We're not going to do that," WPS spokesman Kerry Spees said. "If they get somebody who's calling them like that, they need to call the police and call us and let us know."

Interesting timing on this because the winter moratorium has ended, meaning utility companies can start disconnecting customers who haven't paid their bills.

However, WPS will not make that type of request for payment. Rather, WPS says you should call the utility directly and make arrangements to make a payment.


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