By The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — ‘Tis the season for holiday scammers, including those targeting utility customers.

“These scammers – often sounding legitimate and quite convincing – may threaten to shut off electric service immediately unless instant payment is made, sometimes with a prepaid debit card, which should be a red flag,” Penni Conner, of Eversource said in a statement. “Scammers are constantly changing their tactics to take advantage of unsuspecting customers and prey on people when they feel most vulnerable, like during the holidays.”

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Eversource will never threaten to disconnect service or demand instant payment over the phone, Conner said.

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Consumers also are being advised to be wary of callers claiming that people overpaid their utility bills and requesting personal bank account or credit card information to give a refund. They also should look out for text messages requesting personal information.

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