Scammers are conning business owners out of thousands of dollars. Find out how to protect your business.
In a new scam, con artists are using threats and urgency to steal thousands of dollars a year from business owners.
The best way to protect your business from a utility scam is to know a little about how we operate. If someone calls your business using any of the tactics below, hang up and contact the police.
We never use threats. We will never threaten to shut your power off within 24 hours. If you feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and contact customer service.
We never make demands. We won’t demand payment over the phone. Instead, we offer many ways to make payments safely and conveniently.
We never ask for prepaid credit cards. If a caller specifically asks you to pay by prepaid credit card or wire transfer, this is a huge warning sign. This is not a typical form of payment.
We never ask for personal information over the phone. We will not contact you by phone and ask for your account number or payment information. Sometimes con artists will attempt to trip you up by pretending to know your account number. We don’t do this either.
1. If I'm late on a bill, Consumers Energy will demand immediate payment over the phone.
2. If I don't pay my energy bill, my power could be shut off within 24 hours.
3. Consumers Energy employees will ask for my credit or debit card number over the phone.
4. If I'm falling behind on payments, I should send a wire transfer or gift card to make up the payment.
5. If my caller ID says Consumers Energy, I can feel confident sharing personal information, including my birthday, Social Security Number and banking information.
Scammer Got Your Number?
If you think you've been contacted by a scammer, call us at 800-477-5050.