AG warns of electricity shut-off scams

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is cautioning Pennsylvanians to be alert for a new electricity-related scam.

Kane said Friday her office has received reports of utility customers receiving calls from con artists who pretend to be collection representatives and threaten that electricity will be shut off if the consumer fails to pay by money wire transfer or a Green Dot card.

“Don't get panicked if you receive a call like this,” Kane said in a news release. “Contact your utility company directly and relay
what has happened. The utility will be able to check your official
account and reassure you about its status.”

The Public Utility Commission requires that
utilities provide a written termination notice before service is canceled. The notices include a telephone number and office address so
payment arrangements can be made.

 

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