Nashville Electric Service (NES) warns that utility scam artists are once again targeting local businesses. Customers are told their power will be disconnected if payment information is not provided as soon as possible.
Along with small businesses, 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 customers see NES’ name and phone number instead. The scam artist then claims the customer’s account is past due and immediate payment is required.
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.
- Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller. Also, NES does not provide a toll-free number to call back for processing payments.
- 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.
- 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. All company vehicles are marked with an NES logo and/or vehicle number. And, NES never calls or goes door-to-door to solicit payment information.