Monday, July 14, 2014

BBB Scam Alert: Fake Power Company

A scam that calls from a Kansas City number has been targeting businesses around the country. A consumer called the Kansas City Better Business Bureau and said that someone claiming to be their power company, who also possessing some details about their account, demanded that the victim pay their bill within two hours or power to their business would be shut off.

The same scammer also stole money from a victim in Tennessee.

The scammer makes on-the-spot excuses about why the victim must pay the bill immediately and demands that the bill be paid in Green Dot cards. Green Dot cards work similar to wire transfer. Once the money is in the hands of the scammer, it is irretrievable.

The scam calls from 816-888-3095.

If you are contacted by any utility company demanding payment with wire transfer or prepaid card, hang up immediately and report it to your local BBB and utility company.