Electric Bill Scam Targets South Dakota Consumers by Telephone
PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Larry Long is warning consumers to be cautious of an electric bill scam that has surfaced in South Dakota. The Consumer Protection Division has received several inquires from consumers throughout South Dakota who have received telephone calls from individuals who claim to represent their utility companies. The caller argues that the account is past due and that service will be cut off if payment on the outstanding balance isn’t immediately paid. The caller then demands that payment be made with a credit card or a bank account number.
Consumers who receive such calls should not give out their personal information and are encouraged to call their utility company to check the status of their account. If you believe you are a victim of this scam, contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.