Endpoint
12/20/2012
01:08 PM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Duke Energy Warns Carolinas Customers About Bill Payment Scam

More than 35 Duke Energy small-business and residential customers have reported that they've been victims of this latest scam

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy today urged its customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to be alert for a new bill payment scam.

Since mid-November, more than 35 Duke Energy small-business and residential customers in the Carolinas have reported that they've been victims of this latest scam.

Some have lost as much as $900.

Under the scam, a customer receives an unsolicited phone call from a fraudulent individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative.

The fraudulent individual falsely warns that Duke Energy will disconnect the customer's electric service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment - usually within one hour.

The fraudulent individual instructs the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card - widely available at retail stores - then call the fraudulent individual back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy.

The fraudulent individual asks the customer for the prepaid debit card's receipt number and PIN number, giving the fraudulent individual instant access to the card's funds and the ability to immediately drain its balance.

In reality, Duke Energy never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid electric service disconnection.

Customers can make payments online, by phone, by automatic bank draft, by mail or in person.

Duke Energy customers who have delinquent accounts receive multiple notifications from the company over the course of several weeks prior to electric service disconnection - never just a single notification one hour before disconnection.

The company urges customers who suspect or experience fraud to hang up and call local police, then call Duke Energy or Progress Energy at the numbers below:

Duke Energy customers - 800-777-9898.

Progress Energy customers - 800-452-2777.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast

and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading, September 16, 2014
Malicious software is morphing to be more targeted, stealthy, and destructive. Are you prepared to stop it?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-2886
Published: 2014-09-18
GKSu 2.0.2, when sudo-mode is not enabled, uses " (double quote) characters in a gksu-run-helper argument, which allows attackers to execute arbitrary commands in certain situations involving an untrusted substring within this argument, as demonstrated by an untrusted filename encountered during ins...

CVE-2014-4352
Published: 2014-09-18
Address Book in Apple iOS before 8 relies on the hardware UID for its encryption key, which makes it easier for physically proximate attackers to obtain sensitive information by obtaining this UID.

CVE-2014-4353
Published: 2014-09-18
Race condition in iMessage in Apple iOS before 8 allows attackers to obtain sensitive information by leveraging the presence of an attachment after the deletion of its parent (1) iMessage or (2) MMS.

CVE-2014-4354
Published: 2014-09-18
Apple iOS before 8 enables Bluetooth during all upgrade actions, which makes it easier for remote attackers to bypass intended access restrictions via a Bluetooth session.

CVE-2014-4356
Published: 2014-09-18
Apple iOS before 8 does not follow the intended configuration setting for text-message preview on the lock screen, which allows physically proximate attackers to obtain sensitive information by reading this screen.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio