NorthWestern Energy Montana customers targeted by scam

BUTTE – NorthWestern Energy reports that their Montana customers are being targeted by a scam threatening immediate utility shut offs.

Customers report that they receive a call and a recording plays, telling the customer to call a 1-800 number to avoid having their utility service interrupted.

Customers who called the phone number report that the person who answers the call demands immediate payment.

The scammers appear to be calling utility customers throughout Montana. NorthWestern Energy has reported the scam and the phone number being used to authorities.

The utility notes in a news release that they do not call customers and demand immediate payment of past-due bills. The utility will provide multiple past-due notices before terminating service.