W.Va. PSC Warns Residents about Utility Bill Scam

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The state Public Service Commission is warning West Virginians about a utility bill scam.

They say the callers threaten to shut off service unless a delinquent bill is paid within a matter of hours. They tell customers to go buy a pre-paid debit card, load money onto the card and pay the delinquent bill over the phone.

Scammers reportedly have created a sense of legitimacy by making the name and phone number of the power company appear on the victims' caller ID.

The PSC says utility companies calling about a delinquent bill would not specify a method of payment.


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