NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service (NES) warns that utility scam artists are once again targeting customers by threatening to disconnect their power if a payment is not made as soon as possible.
Small business owners, non-English speaking customers and the elderly are frequently targeted.
These scammers have the ability to “spoof” or alter the name on the caller ID so that it displays NES’ name and phone number instead. The scam artist then claims the customer’s account is past due and immediate payment is required. They will make up elaborate details to make the call sound convincing. The scammers usually try to intimidate customers into purchasing a pre-paid debit card and calling a toll-free number to make the payment.
NES offers these tips to help customers protect themselves.
- If someone calls threatening to cut off your power if you don’t pay, hang up. This is a scam.
- NES does not provide a toll-free number to call for making a payment.
- If someone in a utility uniform shows up at your door for unscheduled service, check for proper identification and have them wait outside while you call NES at 615-736-6900 to verify their information.
- If you have doubts about a phone call, email, text or on-site visit, reach out to NES before taking any action.
- Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller.
- If you think you are a victim of a scam, contact the local police.
All NES field employees wear uniforms and carry photo ID badges, and company vehicles are marked with an NES logo and/or vehicle number. NES never calls or goes door-to-door to solicit payment information.
Nashville Electric Service (NES) is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 380,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit nespower.com.