AG, National Grid warn of uptick in bill collection scams

A National Grid truck is seen during the January, 2019 gas outage that plagued Newport. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general and utility National Grid are warning residents to be aware of scammers posing as bill collectors.

The attorney general said in a statement this week that there has been a recent uptick in reported scam attempts targeting residential and business electric and natural gas customers by phone.

The most recent phone scam is an automated message alleging to be from National Grid.

The message informs consumers that they have a past due balance on their account and their power will be shut off in 30 to 40 minutes unless they make an immediate payment by phone.