Sep 11, 2015
(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are alerting customers of a recent telephone scam that asks businesses to pay their bills over the phone.
Whether at home or at work, LG&E and KU remind consumers to remain alert and report any suspected scams if someone contacts them claiming to represent their local utility.
In this most recent case, the caller claims to be a utility employee and asks for immediate bill payment by credit card or prepaid money card purchased from a local retailer. Reports indicate the caller may be using technology to make the incoming phone number appear to be from the utility. If the targeted customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person's electric or natural gas service.
LG&E and KU are working with local authorities and offer the following SAFE advice to residential and business customers:
If customers have been impacted by this scam, they should immediately report it to their local police department.
Although the latest scam targets customers by phone, LG&E and KU encourage customers to always obtain positive identification if someone appears at their door stating he or she is there on the utilities’ behalf.
Authentic LG&E and KU ID badges — whether issued to an employee or a contractor — show the utilities’ logos. An employee ID card always has the employee's name and color photograph on the front as well.
Sometimes there are legitimate service-related reasons the utilities may need access to a customer’s home, but in-person contact at a customer's home never involves collecting payment for a monthly bill.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 400,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.