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Beware of utility scam

Yesterday, a Blue Grass Energy member received a phone call from a man claiming to be from Blue Grass Energy. The caller informed the member that his meter had to be changed and his power would be off for 72 hours. If he could pay $900 on a prepaid debit card, the process could be expedited.

This is a utility scam that has been running in multiple states since the summer.

The scam is conducted when an individual receives a call from someone falsely claiming to be a utility employee. The scammer warns that power will be shut off for some reason if they don’t make a payment. The person is then instructed to purchase a prepaid debit card and to call the scammer back. The scammer asks for the debit card’s receipt number and PIN number which grants instant access to the card’s funds.

Some of these scammers use technology to have caller ID spoofing to replicate actual utility phone numbers.

Blue Grass Energy will never ask or require members to purchase prepaid debit cards to avoid terminating electric service. Members can make legitimate payments by phone, online, our smart phone app, bank draft, mail or in person.

Blue Grass Energy urges members who suspect or experience fraud to hang up and call police, then Blue Grass Energy.

Blue Grass Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving over 55,000 member-owners in 23 central and north central Kentucky counties. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Blue Grass Energy is headquartered in Nicholasville and has district offices in Cynthiana, Lawrenceburg and Richmond. For more news and information, visit www.bgenergy.com.

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