Beware utility scams: We Energies warnings and police tips
MILWAUKEE - Across the state, law enforcement and We Energies are sharing warning signs of utility scams on social media.
According to a news release on Thursday, Oct 20, the goal is to flood news feeds with important safety information on what to look for on social media.
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We Energies and police said scammers may:
- Pretend to be from We Energies. They may even manipulate caller ID to make it look like We Energies is calling or leave a recorded message that sounds like it’s from the company.
- Threaten to turn off your energy right away.
- Demand immediate payment — often by prepaid debit card, third-party apps like Zelle or Venmo, or unusual payment methods like bitcoin.
- Over the years, We Energies customers have lost tens of thousands of dollars in utility scams. If you think a scammer is targeting you, hang up! It’s not rude; it’s safe.
If you have questions about a call, email or text you’ve received, contact We Energies at 800-242-9137. For more warning signs, visit the We Energies website.