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The newest utility scam to watch out for

Posted at 1:49 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 16:49:43-05

Attorney General Aaron Ford says crooks are getting more creative finding a new way to lure you into a common utility scam.

If you receive a call demanding payment because you are behind on your utility bill, and the crook tells you to go to a bill-pay kiosk, don't believe it.

The Attorney General says once you get to the kiosk, they will text you a QR code to scan and tell you to pay in cash.

The QR code will not link to your account, but the scammer's account.

A reminder that utility companies send at least 2 past due notices in writing before disconnecting service.

If you get a call or text like this, call your utility company directly.

Also never agree to make payments by wire transfer or with a pre-paid card over the phone.