About Us Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms of Use DMCA Opt-out of personalized ads
© Copyright 2023 Market Realist. Market Realist is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.

Utility Imposter Scams Are Rising Amid Drop In Temperature; Here's How To Be Safe

In the past week, number of complaints from MidAmerican customers of scams increased significantly
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Sean Gallup
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Sean Gallup

MidAmerican Energy has warned its customers about the rising number of imposter utility scams. In this past week, customers reported a higher-than-average number of utility scam incidents which caused damages worth several thousand dollars.

Representative Image | Getty Images | Photo by Scott Olson
Representative Image | Getty Images | Photo by Scott Olson

Amid extreme cold forecast, MidAmerican officials are concerned the number of victims may increase further. Scammers are particularly trying to take advantage of customers who fear losing electric service just as temperatures plummet.

Mike Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican, said, “Scammers can use the threat of dangerous cold to truly scare their victims into thinking they’ll lose their heat and convince them to pay to supposedly avoid an instant shutoff. Lately, we’ve seen a jump in utility scam victimization, and the best way to stop this in its tracks is to warn customers so they don’t become the next victim,” in an official release.


A utility imposter scam begins with a phone call from someone who claims they’re calling from a reputed company like MidAmerican. The imposter often claims that their company did not receive due payments for some reason. The scammers then threaten the customer of shutting down the utility service or cutting off power to their household unless they pay immediately. The scammers seek payments through reloadable money cards, digital payment apps, wire transfers, or gift cards while they stay on call.

Some imposters may even seek critical information like the victim’s card numbers, or their bank account numbers to get the payment money directly.

As per the official statement from MidAmerican, customers who have dues pending can see the amount on the bill. Customers will receive a formal letter or a disconnect notice before their services are shut. The company will not take steps to cut services via phone calls.

The company will first send out a letter and then attempt to call before a disconnection. In some cases, the company will also leave a final notification at the customer’s door, as per the release.


MidAmerican accepts payment through various platforms but it does not demand an immediate payment method by phone and they will never ask for payment via a gift card.

In case a customer suspects anything unusual about a phone call from someone who claims to be a MidAmerican employee, they should immediately hang up the phone. The company suggests customers never call back the number or any number that the caller provides even if it seems legitimate. The customer should immediately call the MidAmerican number which is printed on the monthly bill or on the company website at (888-427-5632) to verify the call.

Further, unless verified, customers should never provide financial information or any other sensitive information while speaking with a caller who claims to be a MidAmerican employee.


Customers should always verify the status of their account, including payment status, by calling MidAmerican directly before making any payments by phone. Customers enrolled on the MyAccount portal can also check their status online 24x7.

Customers who have been scammed by imposters should report the incident to the local law enforcement agency immediately and to MidAmerican as well by online or by phone.