The coronavirus pandemic has caused millions of people to lose their jobs and many are struggling to make ends meet, including paying their utility bills. With economic turmoil comes scammers ready to take advantage of heightened anxiety and to prey on individuals when they are the most vulnerable.
Recently, scammers have been posing as employees and representatives from utility companies, telling individuals that if they don’t pay their utility bills, their power will be terminated. By threatening to turn off power, they scare people into giving them credit card or other financial information over the telephone.
It has been such a problem that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning to consumers this week.
The FTC provides tips on how to respond when someone posing as a caller from the utility contacts you:
Tell the FTC. Your reports help the FTC and our law enforcement partners stop scammers.”