Stay Safe from Scammers
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Stay Safe from Scammers

Know the Signs of a Scam

We cannot guarantee our customers will not be contacted by scammers, but working together we can ensure our customers know how to protect themselves in the event of scam situation.

Pushy scammers will contact customers to obtain payment for a supposed past-due charge. Scammers may also threaten to shut off service if payment is not received. City of Lubbock Utilities and the individual city-owned utilities (water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste and LP&L electric) do not conduct business door-to-door; City of Lubbock Utilities will never contact customers over the phone or in person to request credit card information or threaten immediate termination of service. 

If you suspect an interaction with a scammer has occurred, contact us at 806-775-2509.

See the chart below for common scam situations:

  •  
    What Scammers Do
    What You Need to Know
  • Call

    A scammer posing as a City of Lubbock Utilities employee contacts customers, threatening to turn off power if payment is not sent within a short time frame (commonly within the hour).

    Scammers request immediate payment. City of Lubbock Utilities will never contact customers for immediate payment over the phone. If you receive a call demanding immediate payment over the phone, DO NOT PAY. Hang up and call 806-775-2509 to report the incident.

  • Email

    Scammers send emails to utility customers prompting customers to view bills online and make a payment. Links in the emails go to a scam site where hackers try to steal passwords and bank information.

    City of Lubbock Utilities sends emails to customers when their online statement is ready to be viewed. This is a courtesy to inform customers they may log on to the customer portal through madetobehome.com to view their online statement. Unless you have signed up to receive emails from City of Lubbock Utilities or have a statement that is ready to be viewed online, we will never contact you via email regarding balances or payments. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL SIMILAR TO THE ONE DESCRIBED.

  • Call

    Scammers send a text message that appears to be from City of Lubbock Utilities stating power will be turned off unless payment is received. The text may include a link to ‘pay your bill’.

    Unless you have signed up for text notifications, City of Lubbock Utilities will not contact you via text regarding past due amounts or balances on your account. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS if you receive a text similar to the one described.

  • Walk In

    Scammers go to customers’ 德扑圈官方网址homes to collect payment to ‘keep the power on’ or make repairs to equipment. Businesses may be targeted during peak hours of operations, so business owners are distracted.

    City of Lubbock Utilities will never make in-person visits to collect payment. City of Lubbock Utilities will send out reminder notices, employ automated courtesy calls and alert customers to past due amounts by mail. There may be instances where you will see a City of Lubbock Utilities employee in the field, but all employees are required to wear official City of Lubbock Utilities uniforms that include proper identification. If you feel threatened by an individual claiming to be a City of Lubbock Utilities employee that does not have proper identification, call 911.

  • Call

    Scammers can ‘hijack’ legitimate business numbers, so the number that shows up on caller ID appears to be from a reputable business. The scammer will try to obtain any credit card or banking information.

    If you receive a call you suspect to be a fraudulent use of business numbers, contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at 1-888-225-5322 and the local police. You may also contact City of Lubbock Utilities directly at 806-775-2509.

  • Electricity

    Scammers contact 德扑圈官方网址homeowners about solar energy systems, falsely stating a relationship with City of Lubbock Utilities.

    City of Lubbock Utilities has not ized any third party to contact its customers concerning renewable energy products or promotions. Thoroughly check a company’s credentials before signing any agreement or providing any payment information. You may also contact City of Lubbock Utilities directly at 806-775-2509 to speak to a customer service representative about renewable energy opportunities.

  • Payments

    Scam operators offer cash in exchange for the opportunity to give an in-德扑圈官方网址home ‘pitch’ on energy-saving programs or services that do not exist.

    City of Lubbock Utilities will never do unsolicited in-德扑圈官方网址home pitches of any kind and do not employ third party companies to solicit customers about energy efficiency programs. If you feel threatened, call 911.

  • Email

    Customers are sent letters containing a check and request customers call and ‘verify’ receipt of the check. The phone number is usually an expensive per-minute play, placing callers on hold to collect excessive charges.

    Even if the City of Lubbock Utilities logo appears authentic, know that we don't issue checks and request verification. Trying to process a check of any amount may put your financial information at risk and lead to identity theft. If you receive a promotion similar to the one described, contact City Of Lubbock Utilities directly at 806-775-2509 or contact local police.

Under no circumstances will City of Lubbock Utilities make the types of calls or offers listed above, nor do we ask for these methods of payment over the phone.

Protect yourself from scammers:

  • Call City of Lubbock Utilities at 806-775-2509 to obtain accurate information about your account or to ensure you're speaking to a City of Lubbock Utilities employee.
  • Never give your credit or debit card number or other personal information to any caller without knowing their true identity. 
  • City of Lubbock Utilities will never make in-person visits to collect payment, so never give your credit or debit card number or other personal information to anyone visiting your 德扑圈官方网址home or business.  
  • Sign up at madetobehome.com and manage your accounts online 24/7.
  • Know how to identify City of Lubbock Utilities employees:
    • Employees always wear company uniforms.
    • Employees always wear identification badges.
    • Employees identify themselves and the purpose of their visit.
    • Employees drive vehicles marked with City of Lubbock or LP&L logos or mirror hangers.