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Utility Bill Payment Scam

September 5, 2012
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   09/06/12 A scam targeting utility customers is impacting several states across the country. Many utility customers throughout the nation, including some NIPSCO customers, have been affected by this scam. Victims are asked to provide personal information, such as a Social Security number, in exchange for a payment from the government applied to their utility bill. The scammers then give victims fraudulent bank routing number to pay their bill.

Nationwide, most of the exploited customers were contacted by phone, but some have been approached via social media and word of mouth.

To prevent future instances of this scam with our customers, NIPSCO has blocked the affected routing number from its payment systems.

Anyone who thinks they may have been affected by the scam should contact our 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).

Helpful Reminders to Keep Customers Safe from Identity Theft

  • Never give personal information, including Social Security numbers and banking information, to unconfirmed sources. NIPSCO only asks for a Social Security number when a customer is applying for new service.
  • If you are unsure about the legitimacy of any programs or offers claiming to be affiliated with NIPSCO, please call our 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).
  • Legitimate bill assistance programs are available to qualifying customers. For more information on these offerings, visit NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance.
  • An overview of NIPSCO’s payment options are available at NIPSCO.com under “Billing & Payment.”
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