Just ahead of the holiday season, scam artists are using intimidation and other similar tactics to defraud Ameren Missouri customers. Ameren Missouri warns its customer to watch out for phone calls from scam artists who threaten disconnection of electric service unless a payment is made immediately. In one reported incident, a commercial customer said she received a call at her business. The caller said her account was delinquent and she had to pay immediately over the phone. She provided debit card information to make the payment but afterward became suspicious and cancelled the transaction.
"Our policy is to always work with our customers to resolve any payment questions," said Michael Moehn, senior vice president, Customer Operations. "Scam artists can be very convincing. We want our customers to know that if they're ever approached by anyone who claims they represent Ameren Missouri and they use intimidation to press for payment, they should immediately hang up and call us at 1.800.552.7583."
Ameren Missouri offers these tips against scammers:
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.
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