SALT LAKE CITY — With the recent extreme weather conditions across the state and widely-reported utility issues in Texas in the news, scammers are using these headlines to pretend to be utility companies calling for an unpaid balance, warns the Utah Department of Commerce.
Unsuspecting consumers are then told that water, power, or gas service will be cut off until the bill is paid. The Commerce Department explained that this creates "panic pay" so that the scammers can more easily receive illegitimate payments.
More #TipTuesday:— commerce.utah.gov (@UtahCommerce) March 2, 2021
Utility Scams are on the Rise.
With recent weather and utility issues in Texas, there's an uptick in scammers pretending to be Utility Companies.
Typical scams involve the caller claiming outstanding balances on your utility bills. Then comes the catch... pic.twitter.com/xREM3ByXpK
Some things to remember:
--Utility companies don't for payments over text, telephone, or email.
--They never ask for prepaid cash for gift cards for immediate payment.
--Always call the utility company directly for information, not the number provided by the caller.
--Hang up on scammers and report calls to the Commerce Department.