(PRESS RELEASE/Avista Utilities)
Avista customers throughout its Washington service territory are the current target of utility scammers. Scammers typically move quickly from region to region, looking to
trick as many people as possible into complying with their demands, for financial gain.
Both residential and commercial customers began reporting scam attempts late in the day on Tuesday, and hundreds of scam reports have been received since that time. The majority of scam attempts are occurring via phone and stemming from the following non-Avista phone numbers: 800-341-7967, 866-235-7822, 509-466-8089, and 800-936-6629. Scammers are also using ‘spoofing’ technology to duplicate Avista’s phone number. Some customers have reported automated fraud attempts, as well.
Avista urges customers to be on alert and to continue to report any suspicious requests or interactions with anyone who may be impersonating the company. More