Powder River Energy Corporation issued a news release Thursday that advises their members to be wary of scammers posing as collection agents demanding payment to avoid disconnection.
The news release states that in recent days, a number of utility customers across the nation have reported that a caller has impersonated their utility company, claiming the customer's bill is overdue and needs to be paid immediately. If the customer refuses to pay, the caller threatens disconnection.
This recent scam has generally targeted commercial accounts and requests a prepaid debit card payment. The caller provides a call back number and caller ID's have been crafted to appear to be the utility company's. Prior to any direct telephone calls, PRECorp mails a notice regarding delinquent bills.
If you receive a collections call or e-mail from someone posing as a representative from the utility company, PRECorp advises that you contact them immediately at 1-800-442-3630 to check the validity of the call.