Utility scams are on the rise again according to the Department of Consumer Protection. As we move into summer, and increase our usage of air conditioning, scammers are taking advantage of individual consumers and businesses by scaring them into thinking they will have their electricity turned off.
According to information submitted to the agency, utility scammers will call an individual or business, and tell them their power will be turned off if they don’t pay a large sum of money. The caller insists that the consumer send the money via wire transfer in the next 45 minutes. Once the individual or business wires the money — it’s gone.