KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy is warning customers about a new scam targeting people trying to pay their bill online.
The utility company says scammers are targeting customers who use search engines like Google to find ways to contact Evergy. When customers search terms like “pay Evergy,” “Evergy bill,” “Evergy electric,” advertisements for phony websites pop up with fake phone numbers.
When customers call the phone number listed on the fake website, scammers collect their personal and credit card information. This is a common tactic used in online scams, which can be avoided by following a few simple steps.
If you find an ad for one of these phony Evergy websites, you should report the scam to Evergy. The company is working to protect customers from falling victim to these fraudulent websites.
Here are some steps you can take to avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim:
- Don’t assume the information on your caller ID is always accurate. Scammers can easily manipulate the information that appears on your caller ID.
- Never give out personal/financial information over the phone unless you can verify who you are speaking with. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Evergy, hang up and call the company directly to verify the information.
- Always check that you are paying your bill through the legitimate Evergy website. Scammers often create fake websites that look similar to the real ones, so it’s important to double check the URL before entering any personal or financial information.
Unfortunately, scams are becoming more and more common, with millions of dollars being lost every year to fraudulent schemes. In fact, a former life coach in Las Vegas was recently sentenced for operating a Ponzi scheme to support his gambling addiction. It’s important to stay vigilant and protect yourself from these types of scams.