We remind customers not to give out account information, social security number, credit card numbers or bank account information to anyone during an unsolicited phone call or an unannounced visit. If you have any questions please contact our customer service center directly at 888-890-5554.
Here are some more tips to protect yourself from fraud:
- Don’t give in to a high-pressure call seeking personal information. If someone calls claiming to represent Black Hills Energy and they demand immediate payment or personal information, hang up and call the customer service number on your utility bill.
- Call us using the number on your bill or www.blackhillsenergy.com to verify the status of your account or whether an employee was dispatched to your location.
- Payment options and account access also are available.
- Do not provide your Social Security number, credit card numbers or bank account information to anyone during an unsolicited phone call or an unannounced visit.
- If you do not have a scheduled appointment or known concern, or question the identity of someone claiming to represent the company, do not let them enter your property.
- If you connect it, protect it. Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, make sure the operating system, anti-virus and web browser software are up to date. Change the default passwords on any network connected device you install. Never plug in an unknown USB drive that you find laying in the parking lot or receive in the mail. It’s highly likely to be part of a scam. Finally, be sure to periodically back up any data that cannot be recreated such as photos or personal documents.
- Secure your Wi-Fi network. Your home’s wireless router is the primary entrance for cybercriminals to access all of your connected devices. Secure your Wi-Fi network and your digital devices by changing the factory-set default password and username.
- Double your login protection. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on any application you can to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you. Use it for email, banking, social media, and any other service that requires logging in.
- Keep tabs on your apps. Most connected appliances, toys and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved, which means they could be gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Make sure you only download apps from trusted vendors and sources.
- Think before you click. Scams are on the rise as scammers try to take advantage of people’s heightened anxiety during the pandemic. Many COVID-19 scams take the form of emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.