Scammers target utility customers every day — especially around the holidays. Additionally, there has been increased scam activity.
If you pay a utility bill, you can be a target. That’s why it’s important to understand and protect yourself from utility scam tactics. These scams occur by phone, by email and in person. If you are ever in doubt, call us directly at (602) 236-8888.
Here are five common tactics scammers use to target utility customers:
1. Calling to threaten immediate power disconnection
Scammers will often threaten to turn off your power unless payment is made — generally in an hour. Often, the caller ID will even say they’re calling from SRP. This is a utility scam; do not pay or give out your personal information!
You can see your latest account information in SRP My Account™ or the SRP Power app™, and you can always call us directly to confirm. Before your power is disconnected, SRP will always send you one or more notices by mail or email.
2. Demanding immediate payment
There are many ways to make payments these days and scammers are taking advantage of that. The scammer will ask for payment using:
- A prepaid card like MoneyPak or Vanilla
- Cryptocurrency such as bitcoin
- Digital payment apps
- Direct transfer with your bank
SRP will never ask you to make an immediate payment with any of these methods.
3. Showing up at your home and requesting access
Typically, we try to notify customers in advance that a crew will be working around their home. However, crew members may occasionally request access to someone’s yard to reach equipment. SRP employees and contractors will identify themselves and the purpose of their visit.
If someone claiming to be from SRP shows up at your home, keep in mind that we do not request payment in person, and we never conduct door-to-door sales. Other ways to verify their identity are to look for an SRP vehicle, shirt and badge.
If you’re still unsure, you can always call us at (602) 236-8888 to verify the person’s identity.
4. Phishing for your personal data via email
Scammers send phishing emails to try to get sensitive data such as usernames, passwords, financial information and credit card details. These emails may appear to be from SRP, but there are a few ways to tell if they are fake.
If you receive an email that you think may be a scam, be sure to look at the sender address and look for typos. If you fear an email might be an attempt to phish your data, don’t click any of the links in it! You can see your latest account information in SRP My Account or the SRP Power app, and you can always call us directly to confirm.
5. Claiming to be sponsored or affiliated with SRP
SRP has learned of scammers pretending to be affiliated with our preferred solar installers program. If a company comes to your door or calls you claiming to be partnered with SRP, please call us at (602) 236-8888.
When in doubt, remember that we are available 24/7, including on holidays. Don’t hesitate to call if you receive a suspicious call, email or visit to your home.