Entergy warns of scam in area

Published 5:00 am Monday, August 7, 2000

Following several recent incidents, Entergy officials arewarning citizens to be aware of people posing as representatives ofthe energy company in an effort to possibly swindle residents orrob their homes.

Customer Service Manager Jim Hedges said a person posing as anEntergy representative attempted to collect payment for a bill at acustomer’s home recently. He said the company sees the attemptedscam from time to time.

“Entergy does not go ‘door-to-door’ to collect money or offerservices,” Hedges said. “Anyone who does that and claims to be fromEntergy is not telling the truth.”

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Also, Hedges said Entergy learned of a situation where a man,posing as an employee, tried to enter a home to perform an “energycheck.” The customer sought identification and refused entry whennone was provided.

“We urge our customers not to let these con artists into yourhome,” Hedges said. “If you are approached, call your local lawenforcement or Entergy immediately.”

Hedges offered several tips to help customers avoid becoming avictim:

* Entergy only accepts payments by three ways: mail, directpayment at a “Quick-Pay” center and bank draft.

* Employees do not do energy checks.

* Employees travel in marked Entergy vehicles, carry photoidentification and wear clothing that associates them with thecompany.