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Con artists are trying to scam energy customers

By Alliant Energy News

March 13, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Special to The News-Herald: SCAM ALERT: Energy providers across the Midwest continue to get reports that con artists are trying to scam customers. The scammers claim to be from Alliant Energy and they threaten to disconnect utility service if the customer doesn't immediately buy a prepaid credit card to make a payment.

Alliant Energy does not request immediate payment or prepaid credit cards. We do not threaten to disconnect service via text message. We recently began offering account alerts by text as an optional service. Customers must sign-up to receive them. They are informational only, providing reminders of when the bill is due.

If you receive a call like this:

STOP: Scammers are counting on people being too alarmed to verify their account status. Do not give in to high-pressure call tactics! Stop the conversation. Hang up the phone.

THINK: Chances are you do not owe the amount the scammers claim. You know your account status best. Think about whether the scammer's claim about your account sounds true.

CALL: Call us to verify your actual account status. If you have a remaining balance, we can tell you the amount and when it is due. Let us put your mind at ease. You can reach us at 1-800-ALLIANT. You can also monitor your account online by visiting alliantenergy.com/myaccount or through Alliant Energy's new Mobile App. Text 'APP' to 255255 and download now, or visit the Apple Store or Google Play.

Beware that scammers can spoof caller-ID displays, which means they can mask the call's true origin and make it appear as if it the call is coming from a utility company.

Customers should report attempted scam contacts to local law enforcement.

 
 

 

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