HOUSTON – Utility scams increase after large storm events. CenterPoint Energy is continuing its efforts to raise awareness and educate customers about utility imposter scams.

Just two days after Hurricane Nicholas made landfall, Catherine Lennington of Clear Lake received a call from scammers pretending to be representatives from CenterPoint Energy demanding money.

“It was kind of scary because it was so specific,” Lennington said.

Lennington received a recording that said her August and September bill was not paid.

It said if I didn’t pay immediately, they would turn off my power within 45 minutes and they said press 1 to make the payment now,” she said.

KPRC 2 News tried calling the same number and received a message that the number was non-working.

“I hung up, checked to be sure that I thought I had paid my bills, and verified that I had. I called CenterPoint Energy to let them know about this situation,” Lennington said.

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