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Scammers target churches in unpaid bill scam

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 10:54:56-04

PHOENIX — The utility disconnection scam started with homeowners, then small businesses.

Now scammers are targeting churches.

Making them believe their utilities are in jeopardy and scaring them into paying fake bills.

But your church doesn't have to fall for it.

Here's how to protect yourself:

Don't panic. And don't allow yourself to be rushed into paying a bill. Your provider will send a written notice with your bill before disconnection.

If you get a call--hang up. Then call the number on your bill to verify what you owe.

And never, ever give out personal information over the phone.

Power companies around Arizona have been warning about these scams for years.

Salt River Project

Arizona Public Service

Tuscon Electric Power

Industry group Utilities United has additional advice on how to avoid all kinds of utility-related scams here.