Scammers are at it again, this time they are using the Benton PUD letterhead to make you think you owe a bill and folks are falling for it.

Benton PUD posted on their Facebook page all the details including the letter that is going out to customers. Benton PUD assures you that it is a scam and you need to be aware of this before paying any money out. Here is what they posted on their Facebook page.

SCAM ALERT: We’ve been made aware of a recent scammer preying on Benton PUD customers. This scammer called a Benton PUD customer and demanded payment, or their power would be disconnected in 45 minutes. The phone call was followed up with an email that included a fictitious Disconnection Notice that also requested payment to avoid disconnection. The email even had Benton PUD’s logo on it. Unfortunately the customer lost $500 to this incident.

Benton PUD WILL NOT contact you by phone or email and request immediate payment to avoid disconnection when an account is past due. If you receive a call and are unsure if it is from us, hang up and call us at 509-582-2175