Mississippi Power offers tips to protect against scams surge
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped people from trying to scam others out of money.
According to the FTC, there was a huge surge in reports of scams that started on social media in 2020, including a spike of these complaints at the height of the pandemic with more than $117 million lost to social media scammers in the first six months of 2020.
Mississippi Power wants to plug its customers in to more helpful information to help them detect scams, from phone calls demanding payments to social media phishing attempts.
Here are a few tips the energy company shares:
- Mississippi Power will never send an employee to your home or business to collect payment nor will they call or visit you and request your personal or financial information.
- If an employee has a service-related reason to visit they will always wear a Mississippi Power uniform with a logo, arrive in a vehicle with the company logo, and present a photo ID with a Mississippi Power logo
- If you suspect you are being targeted by a scam artist, call your local police immediately as well as Mississippi Power to report the activity.