I was sent this scam alert y my electric company. By the way, I love Champion Energy.
SCAM ALERT: Falsified Phone Calls About Past Due Utility Bills
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is reporting that scammers are calling people and claiming to work for local electric, water or gas companies. The callers tell people that they are late on a utility bill and that their service will be cut off if they don't pay immediately. Then they instruct people to purchase a prepaid debit card to pay their bill and call them back with the card number.
For help in spotting a scam, please be informed of the following tips:
It is a red flag if you are asked to pay by a prepaid debit card. Champion Energy will not suggest that you purchase a prepaid debit card to make payments.
High pressure tactics, such as threats to cut off your service unless you make an immediate payment are questionable.
In the event you receive a call like this, DO NOT give out any personal information. Hang up immediately and report that number to the FTC.