Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Utility bills scam hitting customers who might be behind on paymentsSubmitted: 04/16/2013
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
Assistant News Director
lkimble@wjfw.com

Utility bills scam hitting customers who might be behind on payments
RHINELANDER - A seemingly endless winter made for a tough year on utility bills. Some people are behind on payments and that could mean your provider shuts off services starting this week.

The latest scam is taking advantage of customers who find themselves stuck in that position.

Wisconsin Public Service customers say someone will call claiming to be from the company. They'll request money for unpaid accounts, claiming services will be shut down if you don't pay.

The scammer will suggest you buy a prepaid debit card or arrange for a cash pickup. WPS Community Relations Leader Leah Van Zile says those should be warning signs.

"They would not be offended at all if somebody says, 'You know, I'm not sure about this, I'm going to call back in,'" Van Zile said. "It's just a part of safety nowadays in the world that we operate."

What about if you actually are behind on your bill? Van Zile says there are still options to keep your lights and heat going.

All it takes is a phone call or a click.

"There may still be some dollars available for energy assistance, so if some of those folks haven't taken advantage of that program and they are income eligible, we really encourage them to contact the social services office for their county and see if there's some crisis dollars available," Van Zile said.

If you do think a scammer has called you, make sure to write down as much information about the caller as possible.

That includes the date and time, phone number and any description of the caller you can gather.

We have a link to the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program below.

Related Weblinks:
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/27/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll show you Governor Scott Walker's visit to a veteran's businesses in Wausau as part of his trip for Veteran-Owned Business Day throughout Wisconsin.

We'll bring you the details of the expansion of a walking and biking trail in Merrill and talk with a trail official about what the expansion will mean for people and businesses.

And high school students in Rhinelander attend a camp where they learn about what robots and do and how to build one.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

MERRILL - Six years ago, Merrill promoted the River Bend Trail across the city to try to get people to use it. Now, the trail sees more than a hundred people every day and is scheduled for more expansion.

+ Read More

LADYSMITH - The man accused of killing a Rusk County sheriff's deputy may go to trial.

44 year old Doug Nitek is accused of first degree murder in the death of Deputy Dan Glaze.

+ Read More

MADISON - Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down.

Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other's position on how to pay for road construction projects "laughable." A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes.

+ Read More

Play Video

TOMAHAWK - A Northwoods racetrack plans to put on a world-class show for former NASCAR driver next week.

But the Tomahawk Speedway will now have several hours of extra work ahead of them after someone used the Tomahawk Speedway Sunday night when the track wasn't even open.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.

The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

+ Read More

LAKE TOMAHAWK - Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball games provide entertainment throughout the summer for the Northwoods and visiting tourists.

2014 was the last time the field got new mulch. To prepare for this season, the league got a whole new field of mulch put in with help from the Pukall Lumber Company.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here