Consumers Energy is notifying the public to be aware that imposters claiming to be from the trusted energy provider are trying to coerce residents to let them into their homes. Instead, Consumers Energy says to dial 911 to call the police.

Consumers Energy says they have received reports from the east and west sides of Michigan from customers who told us that someone posing as a Consumers Energy employee tried to convince the residents to let them into their homes, or else they will shut off service. Consumers Energy stresses that they NEVER would do this.

So, how to spot a scam?

· A contractor or employee for Consumers Energy will always wear a company identification badge and will gladly show it upon request

· There are times when Consumers Energy does have to shut electric and/or natural gas service off to a home for safety, security and non-payment reasons; however, employees will never threaten to shut off service if you do not comply with immediate demands.

· We will always provide advance notice if entrance to your home is needed

· If you are contacted via phone, we never demand payment, ask for personal information or prepaid credit cards over the phone

If someone feels they have been targeted by someone acting as a Consumers Energy employee, contact your local police, dial 911, or call the energy provider at 800-477-5050. Consumers Energy is actively working with law enforcement to protect customers.

There’s more information for how Consumers Energy customers can avoid being victims of scams at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/scams.