Utility Scammers In Beaumont Area

posted by Harold Mann - 

BEAUMONT, Texas – Entergy has received multiple reports recently of attempted bill payment scams from customers in the Beaumont and surrounding area.

In the five reports Entergy received on Friday, the customers reporting the scam attempts didn’t fall for the scheme and instead, reported the attempt to Entergy.

In each of the cases, the con artists instructed customers to put money on a pre-paid card, such as a “Green Dot” or other third party card, and then call back with immediate payment. If payment was not made, the scammers threatened to cut off the customer’s electricity.

Entergy will never call and demand immediate payment over the phone. If customers get such a call, hang up and call Entergy at 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3729) to ensure that their account is up-to-date.

Here is some additional information that might help:

Credit card payments over the phone are made ONLY through BillMatrix, a third-party vendor we use for this purpose.

Never give your personal information to strangers. If a call sounds suspicious, hang up immediately and call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) directly to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.

Manage your Entergy account and review account alert options by downloading the free Entergy smartphone app or visiting entergy.com to register for myAccount.

Only use authorized methods and legitimate banking information to pay your Entergy bill. We offer several convenient ways:

Pay online – For no additional charge, you may securely log in to myAccount at entergy.com to conveniently pay your bill online.

Pay by phone – You may pay your bill by credit card, debit card or electronic check by calling Entergy’s pay-by-phone provider, BillMatrix, at 1-800-584-1241. BillMatrix charges a $2.95 service fee.

Walk-in payment centers – Want to pay in person? You may pay your bill by cash, check or money order at an authorized Quick Payment Center in your community. A convenience fee may apply.

Bank draft – You can avoid late fees by having your Entergy payment automatically deducted from your checking account each month. Entergy will mail a monthly billing statement to you for your records, showing the bill amount and bank draft date.

Pay by mail – You can send a check by U.S. Mail to the remittance address shown on your bill.

If you believe you are a victim of this scam, you should notify the proper authorities, such as the local police or the state attorney general’s office. If you believe your Entergy account has been affected, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1 800 368 3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 27 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.

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