The Board of Public Utilities is warning customers about phone scams targeting electricity customers.
The latest scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then using various techniques to defraud customers, according to a BPU spokesman.
Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they do not make a payment immediately.
In some instances, the caller requests that the customer purchase a money gram or a pre-paid credit card and the caller gives out a return number for customers to call back, the BPU spokesman said.
“We’ve had numerous reports from customers who have been contacted by these methods. Any customers who receive such a call should refrain from providing any personal or banking information, hang up and should instead contact the BPU Customer Service Department “stated David Mehlhaff, BPU chief communications officer.
BPU customer service representatives are reassuring customers that this is a scam and warning them to not give out any personal information to these scam artists. The BPU Customer Service Department can be reached by calling 913-573-9190.