Beware of phone calls claiming to be from the Knoxville Utilities Board. On Wednesday, callers were using the number 844-453-9625, but that can change instantly.
If you answer, a recording will inform your power is going to be cut off within 30 minutes for non-payment of your bill.
You will be instructed to call 866-330-7123 to avoid this calamity, then thanked for choosing KUB (as if you have a choice, short of going off the grid).
These numbers had been deactivated by the end of the day, but it’s unlikely that the scammers will give up.
A KUB representative said that KUB will never issue such a threat via telephone, and that they are aware of the scam.