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Tips for avoiding utility bill scams

Cheapism Logo By Mia Taylor of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 13: One of the most frequently used and successful tactics among scammers is trying to convince you the situation is urgent or dire, says Matthias Alleckna, energy analyst for the rate comparison website EnergyRates.ca. “They try to get you in a panic and convince you that your payments are late as of this moment and that you need to pay them right now or your utilities will be shut off immediately,” he says. “They know that when people panic, they’re less likely to take precautions or ask questions for fear of hesitating in an emergency.”Related: How to Recognize Coronavirus Fraud and Other Big Phone Scams

Scammers Try to Create a Sense of Urgency

One of the most frequently used and successful tactics among scammers is trying to convince you the situation is urgent or dire, says Matthias Alleckna, energy analyst for the rate comparison website EnergyRates.ca. “They try to get you in a panic and convince you that your payments are late as of this moment and that you need to pay them right now or your utilities will be shut off immediately,” he says. “They know that when people panic, they’re less likely to take precautions or ask questions for fear of hesitating in an emergency.”

Related: How to Recognize Coronavirus Fraud and Other Big Phone Scams

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