It's not new for a scammer to pose as a rep from your electric company to scare you into paying a bill you don't owe by threatening to shut off your power. But scammers recently have become more sophisticated and more brazen. PPL Electric Utilities issued a warning about some of the new tactics. This scam is targeting mostly businesses, but some residential customers, too, PPL said. Victims are told to call a phony call center, where they are prompted to enter their account information. PPL said it never sends employees in person to demand that a bill be paid, and it does not call customers seeking personal information. It also never calls to threaten that power will be shut off unless immediate payment is made, and it does not accept payment via GreenDot or other prepaid debit cards. PPL provides a formal notification that involves a letter and a phone call as well as information left at your address. If you get one of these scam calls or "visits", report it to police and also contact PPL at 800-342-5775.
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