Vectren issues scam warning

Natural gas utility Vectren warned customers to be on the lookout for a multi-state scam that attempts to get victims to buy a prepaid debit card.

Vectren said that as part of the scam, customers receive an unsolicited phone call from a fraudster claiming to be a utility representative.

The scam artist warns that the utility will disconnect the customer’s energy service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment – usually within an hour.

Customers are told to purchase a prepaid debit card – at times referring to a “Green Dot” credit card - from a local store and call the person back to supposedly make a payment to the utility company.

Upon calling back, the customer is asked to provide the receipt number and PIN number from the prepaid debit card, giving the individual instant access to the card’s funds and the ability to immediately drain its balance.

“Vectren would never require a customer to purchase a prepaid debit or credit card in order to make a payment of any type,” Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio said. “We’re urging any customer who is approached in this fashion to contact us immediately to verify the legitimacy of the request and discuss his/her account status.”

Customers can use’s live chat option or call 1-800-227-1376 to reach Vectren’s contact center, which is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Customers can also report the scam at the Better Business Bureau website,