Scam targeting small businesses

Hydro Ottawa received multiple reports today of suspicious callers posing to be utility representatives. These suspicious callers, posing as Hydro Ottawa, threaten businesses with power disconnection unless they pay for meter upgrades by credit card. Some businesses were also advised to close for extended periods, and vacate the premises while a worker changes their meter. These calls are not from Hydro Ottawa, and are fraudulent. Ottawa Police Service have been advised.

Hydro Ottawa encourages customers to be cautious. Should they receive a suspicious call, they should ask for the caller’s identification and call us at 613-738-6400 to verify the legitimacy. If businesses have been victims of this scam, they are advised to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, and the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222 ext. 5433.