Vermont’s Attorney General is joining with power companies, retailers to protect residents from scammers posing as utilities. The Vermont AG’s office announced yesterday the start of “Scam Busters”, a campaign reminding people to stop, ask, and confirm before making any payment to avoid being scammed.
These scammers call residents and businesses demanding immediate payment for electricity with a credit card, pre-paid card or money order. Utilities report these scams are increasing and scammers are becoming more sophisticated and tech savvy in scams. To raise awareness and protect Vermonters, the Attorney General’s office started the “Scam Buster” campaign, reminding people to stop, ask, and confirm before they make any payment to avoid being scammed. Businesses including Wal-Mart and CVS will put up posters and make sure employees are on alert for people who come in needing to buy a pre-paid card to pay a utility bill.
The Attorney General advises Vermonters who may be targets of scamming activity to report it to the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) at 1-800-649-2424.