Oh, those crafty scammers. This time, they created a scam that seems plausibly too good to be true. So, with people falling victim to it, Eversource offered a dire warning.
Stamford Daily Voice reports that this scam will happen over the phone or in person. Victims either receive a call or a visit from an “Eversource employee.” They then say that, because you paid your bills on time for the past six months, you qualify for a discount.
Which, considering this utility happens to have some of the highest prices in America… yeah. Who wouldn’t want a something shaved off their gruesomely high bill?
Victims happy for a reprieve will then hand over their personal information to set the “discount” up. Hence why this scam is so prevalent.
Well, don’t fall for it. It’s a bonafide scam.
Eversource says this is all a sophisticated way for scammers to steal your information. So, if you don’t want your identity stolen, follow these rules.
The utility promises employees will never make unsolicited calls or visits, even to shut off your power for non-payment. Instead, they send written notice if your account is overdue.
Also, employees always carry photo ID to prove their identity, so always ask for proof of who they are.
Most importantly, they say that if something sounds too good to be true, it normally is. If you have a gut feeling that something’s amiss, go with it. Hang up if the scammer calls you or ask the person to go away if they are at your door.
You can always call Eversource to verify whether or not a real employee contacted you for a real matter.
The problem nowadays is that scammers keep coming up with new ways to dupe new victims. So always be alert and always verify the other person’s identity.
Which you can do by calling 800-286-2000. Eversource says they will always verify if a person works for them or not. They will also verify if they scheduled work or repairs near your property.
In addition, the company assures you that they will never ask for instant payment, or for payment to be made only via Green Dot MoneyPak, Vanilla or Reloadit.
Lastly, some scammers try to lure victims to meet them at secondary locations, such as a grocery store. That alone should send your red flags flying.
Yet, some people continue to fall for the scam.
Don’t let it happen to you.