For businesses operating legally with Michigan tax ID, the DTE Energy is sending a warning regarding the most current scam that has occurred. Based on a top security official of the agency, business owners in the state have already lost over $100,000 for this year alone due to a voiceover scam that is circulating the industry.
The energy company’s chief security officer, Michael Lynch, said that over 150 business owners located in the southeast part of Michigan has fallen victim to the scam. It makes use of a voiceover that contacts establishments through phone calls and inform them of an outstanding fee they have to pay or else their utility will be cut off.
When calls are made, the caller ID tags the number originating from DTE Energy which is false information.
According to investigation, businesses are the main victims of the scam and 60 per cent of them are in the restaurant industry. Lynch added that majority of these phone calls arrive at the busiest time of the restaurant therefore prying on the emotions of the people on the line.
Lynch clarified that these calls are coming from people who are in front of a computer. They can perform the fraud regardless of where they are in the country as long as they have internet connection.
This is a pretty common scam happening all over the United States and there are cases where the IRS is tagged to be the caller. Because of these scams, the customers have already lost more than $100,000 in 2018 alone.
This is not the first time that a scam was devised over phone calls according to DTE. The senior communications specialist of the company, Eric Younan, said that scammers are able to make the victims believe with the help of technology.
Younan said that these scammers have even added elevator music as well as bilingual message as part of their prompts. DTE said that customers should take it as a warning sign if the callers are asking for payment in other ways such as a prepaid debit card.
DTE hopes that it will serve as warning to every business with Michigan tax ID in order to not waste thousands in a scam.