Wednesday, October 23, 2019

We Energies teams up with law enforcement to stop scams

No more! That’s it! We don’t want anyone else to fall victim to a utility scam— so we’re partnering with police to share an important message: Stop scams now.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, law enforcement and others across Wisconsin are being asked to share a simple but important message on social media about the dangers of utility scams.

Over the years, our customers have lost tens of thousands of dollars to con artists. We want to make sure everyone knows the warning signs so no one else falls victim.

If you think a scammer is targeting you, hang up and call us right away at 800-242-9137. If you experience a loss through any scam, report the crime to local law enforcement.

Impersonating a utility worker in Wisconsin is a felony punishable with a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or a prison term of 3 1/2 years.

Phone scam warning signs

A criminal may:
  • Pretend to be from We Energies. They may even manipulate caller ID to display We Energies or use a recorded message that appears to be from the company.
  • Threaten to turn off your energy right away.
  • Demand immediate payment — often by prepaid debit card or unusual payment method like Bitcoin. We will never do that.

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