Don’t fall for phone calls from scammers posing as your utility company, threatening to cut off your service if you don’t pay a past due amount through a pre-paid debit card. Doug Magditch of Nightcap News on CW33-TV, Dallas - Fort Worth talked with Jeannette Kopko of Better Business Bureau in Dallas about the scam.
“Utility companies are not going to ask you to pay with a pre-paid debit card. They don’t need you to go and get payment that way,” said Kopko.
Even if you don’t owe anything, scammers hope to get you worried enough to pay.
“Scammers are going to try to make you second-guess yourself,” said Magditch.
Just because the caller claims to be with your utility company, doesn’t mean he really is. Just hang up and look for the phone number on your bill, and check it out.
Remember, the phone number on your caller ID may not be where the call is really coming from. “You can’t go by just what’s on the caller ID display. That can be spoofed or faked,” said Kopko of Dallas BBB.
“Be really careful if you get one of these calls. If you fall for it, it’s going to be very hard to get your money back,” said Magditch.
See the story at: http://nightcaptv.com/2013/07/15/scammers-claim-you-have-an-unpaid-utility-bill/#ixzz2ZJuCXf9o
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