Scam Alert: Phone Bandits Threaten to Cut Off Utility Service

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SEATTLE -- Phone fraudsters, impersonating utility employees, are calling homeowners and businesses. They’re threatening to shut off the electric, natural gas or water service in just a few minutes because of an unpaid bill.

They hope to rush you into paying them before you realize you’re being conned. The average utility scam victim loses $500, according to the Better Business Bureau.

On the KOMO Midday News (weekdays 1-3pm), Sheri Givens, executive director of Utilities United Against Scams, explained how the scam works and how to protect yourself. (Click the picture above to hear the audio).

More Info: How to avoid losing money to the 'utility company' imposter scam

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