Not all notices from utility companies are legitimate. West Virginia State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey provides tips on spotting a potential scam in this week’s ‘Mondays with Morrisey.’
“Utility scams are one of the most prevalent scams here in the Mountain State, and here’s what happens. A lot of times people may get notice that their power, their water is about to get turned off. Obviously, you want to pay very close attention to those kinds of notices, but you also want to make sure you’re not dealing with a scammer,” said Morrisey.
“The most important thing you need to do is to verify that the letter or the call is coming from a legitimate source. Under no circumstance should you provide your personal, identifiable information, bank account information, or credit card information to strangers or in response to one of these letters,” said Morrisey.
“Take the time, call the power company, call the water company, and make sure that when you’re making a payment, you’re making it to the right source. These scams are designed to frighten you, and what you need to do is to fight back. Let our office know immediately. Call 1-800-368-8808 for more help,” said Morrisey.