NBCRightNow.com - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is warning utility consumers of a growing telephone scam across the country.
The commission says scammers are calling claiming to be from a utility company and then use a variety of techniques to try and defraud customers.
Some scammers threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or
business if they don't make a payment immediately. The scam artist instructs
them to send money via prepaid card or online payment service, such as PayPal or
GreenDot, before their power is shut off. The scammer's caller-ID is falsified
so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as
The UTC advises consumers who receive suspicious calls to call their utility
directly to verify the request for payment. Consumers are urged to report
suspicious calls to both the UTC and the Federal Trade Commission.