Scammers are targeting Board of Public Utilities customers again.
BPU spokesman David Mehlhaff said the utility had 20 to 25 calls last week from people wondering if phone calls they received were legitimate. They weren't.
Phone scammers are claiming to be from the BPU and asking customers for money, threatening to disconnect their electric service if they do not make a payment immediately.
Mehlhaff said two BPU customers apparently fell for the scam recently, and he wanted to warn everyone about the scam. BPU customers who receive a call asking for money should call the utility at 913-573-9000 to ask if the call was really from the BPU.
Mehlhaff said this scam is widespread, has been found in several other states, and authorities are not sure where it is coming from. Typically, the caller ID is falsified so it looks like it is coming from the utility, when it is not.
He advised residents not to give personal information out over the phone, and to call the utility first to confirm that the call was legitimate. Sometimes the scammers say service will be shut off if a Green Dot Card is not given to them within a certain amount of time.
“We’ve had reports of several calls from customers who have been contacted by these methods. We urge all who are contacted to call their utility before providing any type of payment to any such request,” Mehlhaff said. “Any customers who receive such a call should not attempt to make any payment and should instead contact their utility’s customer service department.”