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SaskPower Cautions about Scam E-Mails, Bogus Telephone Calls

SaskPower has just known about fraudulent e-mails as well as bogus phone calls presently going on so cautions customers while advises them to inform local police of dubious operations incase scammers contact them. Swbooster.com published this, January 8, 2015.

It maybe noted that as Saskatchewan, Canada's main electric supply company, SaskPower serves over 490,000 consumers there after the province's government established it during 1929.

The latest fraud at Saskatchewan involves spam mails and fake phone calls notifying consumers that either they'll miss power supply or they must provide their financial details.

According to Tyler Hopson, Media Relations Chief at SaskPower, one consumer received a communication telling that power supply to her home will be turned off instantly unless she bought as well as provided her sequence number from certain VISA card whose payment had already been made or from one similar power card. Paherald.sk.ca reported this, January 8, 2015.

Hopson explains that at SaskPower, business isn't conducted the way described i.e. it doesn't send e-mails to consumers directing that they should take down their statement from the Net else give account details. The company also doesn't utilize previously paid power cards, as happening in the scam, he adds.

The phone number from where the call came was 1-800 though it didn't turn out successful.

Saskatchewan doesn't have the system of previously paid power cards, albeit few areas do offer such cards for sale.

According to SaskPower, for anyone with an account that has pending payment, the power company has repayment options so disconnection can be eschewed.

Consumers who buy the services of MyPower are taken onto the account login they maintain for reading their bill, SaskPower says.

Users falling target of the fraudsters have been told to inform the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center via 1-888-495-8501 helpline number, in addition to police.

Disturbingly, utility corporations like SaskPower have gotten attacked with malicious scams earlier too. During 2014, in USA, countrywide utility consumers were cautioned about spam mails, which included bogus electricity bills notifying of overdue payment to be cleared instantly. Some customers even got e-mails with bills that a different electric power firm sent from a separate territory.

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