One of the current scams is calling an eating establishment at a busy time of day and pretending to be their utility provider and explaining to the owner they were not keeping up with their bills and they have people coming over to shut off the electricity if they don’t make a payment over the phone. It’s a trap designed to panic a busy restaurateur at the worst possible time.
“Well that would never happen in rural Nebraska!” I can tell you for a fact, it happened to two of our members. Fortunately neither of them fell victim to this scam. According to the Better Business Bureau, one in four households are affected by scams with an estimated impact of $50 billion a year.
Phone scammers, posing as your utility provider, call and insist you are delinquent on your bill. They may also threaten to turn off your power, rig a caller ID to make it look like the call is from Midwest or another provider, or tell you to put the money on a prepaid debit card and ask for the card number. Don’t believe it. DO NOT pay over the phone if immediate payment is demanded to avoid a disconnection. Here’s what to do if the call seems suspicious: Hang up, call your utility provider at the phone number on your bill, and call the police. Midwest Electric will never disconnect your power after hours or without a prior notification and we will never ask for a prepaid debit card.
This is one example of a phone scam. Anyone that owns a phone has had many calls from scammers or telemarketers. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, hang up!
Now let’s get back to the holiday shopping and putting smiles on the faces of your loved ones. Merry Christmas and let’s give thanks to the Lord, our Savior, and our Light! God Bless!
*Midwest Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.*