For Release: 10/21/2020

WPS teaming up with law enforcement to stop scams

Green Bay — Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is partnering with law enforcement agencies across its service area to share an important safety message: Stop scams now.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, law enforcement and others across northeast and north central Wisconsin are sharing a simple social media message to warn their followers about the dangers of utility scams.

Over the years, WPS customers have lost thousands of dollars to con artists. To make sure no one else falls victim, WPS wants to make sure everyone knows the warning signs of a scam.

Scammers may:

  • Pretend to be from WPS. They may even manipulate caller ID or use a recorded message that appears to be from WPS.
  • Threaten to turn off a customer's energy right away.
  • Demand immediate payment, often with a prepaid debit card. In some cases, scammers may request unusual payment methods like Bitcoin. WPS will never do this.

WPS is not disconnecting residential customers right now because of the ongoing pandemic. If you think a scammer is targeting you, hang up. It's not rude, it's safe.

Contact WPS at 800-450-7260 if you are unsure if a call is legitimate. Customers who fall victim to scams should contact their local law enforcement agency. For more warning signs, visit the WPS website.

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