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WPS warns about disconnect scam

6:48 PM, Apr. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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Wisconsin Public Service Corp. said Monday a customer told police they fell victim to a disconnection scam.

The utility said scammers posing as utility company employees have been contacting small businesses and residential customers claiming that if they didn't pay off delinquent accounts, their power would be disconnected immediately. They often give them an hour or two to make a payment by prepaid debit card or cash.

The state moratorium on winter disconnections ends Tuesday, but WPS spokesman Kerry Spees said the utility sends disconnection notices with bills before turning off utilities. Also, it doesn't demand immediate payment.

The utility recommends that if customers are contacted by scammers, they should write down all the information they can and contact the utility or police. They should provide no personal information to scammers.

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