The FTC circulated an alert concerning a new scam where an individual posing as a utility company representative requests payment via PayPal or a prepaid card under the threat of cutting off the individual’s electricity. The FTC recommends that any request to make a payment via PayPal or prepaid card is likely a scam, and consumers should call the FTC and their utility company on the phone number appearing on a bill to report the incident. Although scams like this aren’t new, the alert draws attention to the fact that scammers are becoming more creative in making their activities “appear” to look more legitimate than in previous years.