Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) is again warning about phone scams targeting KIUC customers.
As with similar schemes in the past, customers have told KIUC they received telephone calls from a person warning them that their electric bill was past due. They were directed to go to a store and wire-transfer transfer money immediately or their power would be shut off.
KIUC does not initiate calls to customers about late bills nor does KIUC request wire transfers.
Similar calls were reported in February 2014 and in April 2013.
Last week, Hawaiian Electric Co. reported a similar scam directed toward its customers on Oahu.
Never provide personal, confidential or financial information to anyone when responding to unsolicited phone calls or e-mails. If you’re not sure if the call is legitimate, get the caller’s name, phone number and company name and tell them you’ll call them back after verifying their information.
If you ever have questions about the status of your electric bill, please call KIUC at 246.4300.