SCAM ALERT: NPPD sees rise in scams during energy emergency
Video courtesy of the Nebraska Public Power District.
COLUMBUS, Neb. (KLKN) — In the aftermath of severe weather events and widespread power outages, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) says scammers are targeting Nebraska consumers.
Scammers will often contact consumers directly, even appearing on your caller ID as a utility company- a practice known as ‘spoofing’.
The scammers will claim your bill must be paid immediately or your power will be shut off. Some even allude that if you pay them right away, you will be excluded from the potential controlled outages.
“Scammers have gotten very crafty in recent years and will often strike during severe events. Scammers can be very convincing and will do their best to get someone worried, or confused enough, they make a mistake and give away their money,” stated NPPD Retail General Manager Pat Hanrahan in a recent press release.
Don’t get scammed.
Remember, NPPD would never:
- Go door-to-door demanding payment
- Demand a credit card number over the phone
- As for payment via a pre-paid card
If you are contacted by what you believe to be a scam, write down the callback number and hang up. Alert NPPD at 1-877-Ask-NPPD (275-6773) or call law enforcement at 402-441-6000.
For more information, visit nppd.com.