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NIPSCO warns to beware of prepaid card scammers

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NIPSCO has received an influx of complaints from residential and business customers reporting several hundred cases of unknown callers claiming to be affiliated with the company and demanding payment through a prepaid card.

Some reports have indicated that scammers have appeared in person knocking on doors, while other reports have indicated that the companyís 1-800 customer service phone number was cloned to appear on caller IDs.

NIPSCO is proactively notifying customers to remind them of important safety tips to avoid becoming a victim and emphasize that these calls are not from, or affiliated with, the company.

* Call NIPSCO first: If unsure about a phone call, email, program, offer or person claiming to be affiliated with NIPSCO, please call the 24-hour Customer Care Center at (800) 464-7726.

* Guard personal information: Never give personal information, including NIPSCO account number, Social Security numbers, and banking information, to unconfirmed sources. NIPSCO only asks for a Social Security number when establishing new service or verifying a customerís identity.

* Know your payment options: NIPSCO will never ask for a pre-paid debit card or money gram as a payment method. Learn more about payment options at NIPSCO.com/billing-payment-options so you can spot a potential scam.

* Never agree to meet in person: Some scams ask customers to meet them in person to make payments with cash or prepaid cards.

If someone visits your home or business:

* Ask to see ID: NIPSCO employees and contractors carry photo ID badges and will gladly show you upon request.

* Use caution with cash: NIPSCO employees do not collect cash payments nor deliver cash refunds or rebates to customers. Refrain from sending cash through the mail.

For more information about scams, visit NIPSCO.com/staysafe

 

 

Posted 1/11/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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