Mara M. Hartmann
National utility scam heats up again in Mississippi
JACKSON, Mississippi – Scammers are relentless, always looking for the next target. Lately, that target has been Entergy Mississippi customers, as a new round of reported scams has popped up around the state.
The scheme typically occurs when the con artist calls and tells the customer their electric bill payment is past due and their service will be disconnected if payment isn’t made. The scammer then directs the customer to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through “MoneyPak,” “Green Dot” or another third party card or transfer system. The scammers are also using spoofing technology to make it appear on Caller ID that the call is from Entergy.
How can you protect yourself and keep from falling victim to this scam?
If you believe you are a victim of this scam, you should notify the proper authorities, such as the local police or the state attorney general’s office. If you believe your Entergy account has been affected, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1 800 368 3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 449,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.