TVA officials warn of scammers posing as 'power bill collectors' with the authority
TVA officials are warning residents to be cautious of scammers posing as bill collectors with the organization.
While temperatures continue to heat up, Scott Fiedler with the Tennessee Valley Authority says so are scams.
"Scammers are calling folks wanting them to give them a check or money order or pre-paid credit card to pay their power bill," Fiedler told Channel 3.
TVA tweeted out on Thursday warning residents to be weary of callers threatening to shut off their power if they don't pay up.
"These are scams. We recommend that you just hang up on them. Don't give them that sense that they're actually making progress with their scam," he said.
Fiedler says TVA doesn't deal with power customers directly at all.
"TVA is a wholesaler. We actually sell energy to local power companies like EPB or Cleveland Electric or North Georgia. They're actually the ones who will be sending you a bill. TVA does not send customers a bill," the spokesman explained.
If you receive a call like this, TVA officials say hang up and do not call back.
Contact your electric company if you have questions or concerns about your bill.
You can also contact the TVA Police or local law enforcement to file an incident report.