What can you do to stop scammers? Plenty.

And this week (Nov. 13-17) is a great time to talk about it because it’s Utility Scam Awareness Week.

Establishing a week to focus on utility scams was the brainchild of Utilities United Against Scams, a consortium of utilities in the U.S. and Canada. Scams against utility customers — whether electric, water, gas, etc. — aren’t limited to one area of the United States, or even to this country. We’re a member of UUAS.

More than 120 utilities and trade associations have joined together in this effort. We’re united in our efforts to help protect you against fraud. The group has also declared the third Wednesday in November as Utilities United Against Scams Day; this year it’s Nov. 15.

There are many different types of scams. UUAS developed a primer on the 10 most common scams. We think it’s helpful and we invite you to share it with your friends and relatives.

While utilities have come together to focus on scams this week, customers need to be vigilant every day.

Remember, if you’re ever in doubt about the circumstances of a phone call or an email, or even someone knocking on your door, stop and call us at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775).