The attached news release contains valuable information and tips for businesses and residents regarding scams. Take a moment to view the award-winning video "Hang Up, Don't Pay Up: When a Scammer Calls" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO1Hwnig31Q)
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FirstEnergy maintains a SCAM information page on the website: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/…/scam-info/known-scams.html
Never dial the phone number the scammer provides - West Penn Power & Penn Power phone numbers are printed on your bill.
West Penn Power
24 Hours a Day - 1-888-544-4877
Customer Service - 1-800-686-0021
Payment Options - 1-800-736-3404
24 Hours a Day - 1-888-544-4877
Customer Service - 1-800-720-3600
Payment Options - 1-800-774-1674
Know these important tips:
• Customers who are behind on their accounts receive written notices of a possible disconnection and how to prevent it. FirstEnergy representatives will not call or email demanding immediate payment to avoid a same-day shutoff.
• While FirstEnergy representatives often make courtesy calls to customers to remind them about an outstanding balance, they would explain how a payment can be made using the established payment options. They would never require a customer to purchase a pre-paid money card as the only acceptable means of payment.
• FirstEnergy employees do not contact customers to request sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account information.
• Scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to misrepresent the source of a phone call to further mislead and confuse their targets. Call-back numbers provided by these criminals often use greetings and hold messages that mimic legitimate businesses.
• If customers have any doubts about the status of their electric service, they should call their utility company using the customer service phone number listed on the FirstEnergy website or printed on their invoice. Never dial the phone number the scammer provides.
• Customers who suspect a scam should hang up the phone or close the door and call the local police then FirstEnergy.
Realizing scammers feed off people’s fear of losing heat in the cold weather, FirstEnergy and dozens of other electric and gas companies are banding together for Utility Scam Awareness Week, held Nov. 17-23, to prevent customers from falling victim to scams this season. The annual awareness week is organized by Utilities United Against Scams – a group consisting of more than 100 utilities and related organizations – to educate the public about the ever-growing list of scams targeting utility customers.
Sewage billing to Borough Office starts with January 2018 payment. If you have NOT received your sewage coupon book, please call the Borough office.
The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority board has approved a change to the Homeowner Septic Replacement Program, expanding the eligibility criteria. Do you qualify?
How to Stay Safe Walking on the Sidewalk, Path, or Road
Please inform the Borough Officers about your call so they know what is happening in the Borough. If the Borough Officers are not on duty, please leave a message at 724-865-2799.
You have questions, we have answers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get. Some answers are posted here so everybody benefits.
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Prospect Borough is a small community of approximately 1200 residents located in Butler County, Pennsylvania just a few minutes from beautiful Moraine State Park. It is home to the "Big Butler Fair" which is located along State Route 422 in Prospect.
We are located only 7 miles from Interstate 79 and are within easy reach to such areas as Pittsburgh, Erie, and the PA Turnpike. The borough is located in the Slippery Rock School District, with Moraine Elementary School on our Main Street. Our local organizations include the Boy Scouts, Woman's Club, and Prospect/Portersville Rotary. We are pleased to have celebrated our 169th year. We have an annual Community Day complete with parade during Memorial Day weekend.