LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A local woman wants to warn others of an Entergy imposter scam she fell victim to. She says she was scammed out of $2,100 out of her own money in the form of Bitcoin when the scammer threatened to have her power disconnected. Now, she’s warning others this can happen to anyone.
Becky Addison, owner of a local construction company who fell victim to an Entergy imposter scam, said, “I called Entergy and I said, ‘I just went and paid my bill, can you see if you’ve been credited,’ and she said, ‘Ma’am, you don’t owe us anything,’ and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been scammed.’”
That’s the moment Becky Addison knew she had been scammed by an Entergy imposter. The scammer called her from an 800-number stating her business was two months overdue on their utility bill. She was then instructed to make a payment of $2,100 through Bitcoin or the power would be disconnected.
“In this instance, they wanted to use cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, being the currency of choice,” explained Chris Babin, with the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana. “Something that a lot of people are unfamiliar with and from what we understand, the scammers walked this woman through how to go to a local convenience store, purchase a certain amount of Bitcoin so that she could transfer that to them.”
And that’s just what she did. Becky…