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Entergy Texas warns customers of billing scams


BEAUMONT – Scammers never stop, not matter what time of year it is. Entergy Texas reminds customers to be wary, as scammers are targeting unsuspecting customers. The scheme typically occurs when the con artist calls and tells the customer their electric bill payment is past due, and that service will be disconnected if payment isn't made. The scammer then directs the customer to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through "MoneyPak", "Green Dot" or other third party card or transfer system. How can you protect yourself and keep from falling victim to this scam? • While you may pay your Entergy bill by phone or credit card, it is ONLY through BillMatrix, a third-party vendor we use for this purpose. • You should never give your AUSTIN – State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) filed for re-election for Texas Senate District 3. The district covers 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County. "Serving the people of Senate District 3 is a tremendous honor and I ask for their support so we can continue to work to make our state's government more efficient and accountable," said Nichols. Since being elected in 2007, Nichols has built a strong conservative record and has authored and passed legislation to protect landowners' rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas, reform transportation policies, and promote free-market principles. Nichols has continued to stay faithful to the 'Texas Taxpayer Protection Pledge', which opposes any and all efforts to increase taxes. "The priorities of Senate District 3 are my priorities," said Nichols. "My work in the Legislature is driven by the interests and concerns that are brought to me by the citizens I represent. I work every day to fix them." Nichols has served as Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee since 2013 and is widely respected as one of the state's experts on transportation policy and for preserving local control of Texas roads. Nichols has been recognized as one of Texas' most effective and hardest-working legislators. He was designated as a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business, a Courageous Conservative by the Texas Conservative Coalition, and a Top 10 Best Legislator for the 85th Legislative Session by Texas Monthly Magazine. Nichols is a businessman from Jacksonville, Texas. In his hometown he served on city council, was elected mayor, built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents and 128 foreign patents, as well as creating more than 900 jobs for East Texas families. "I've done my best to serve the district, and I think my record speaks to the strong conservative values of the people I represent," said Nichols. "It's a privilege to ask for their vote." personal information to strangers. If a call sounds suspicious, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative. • Also, you can manage your Entergy account and review account alert options to stay better informed by downloading the free Entergy smartphone app or visiting entergy. com to register for myAccount. • You should only use authorized methods and legitimate banking information to pay your Entergy bill. We offer several convenient ways: o Pay online – For no additional charge, you may securely log in to myAccount at entergy.com to conveniently pay your bill online. o Pay by phone – You may pay your bill by credit card, debit card or electronic check by calling Entergy's pay-byphone provider, BillMatrix, at 1-800-584-1241. BillMatrix charges a $2.95 service fee. o Walk-in payment centers – Want to pay in person? You may pay your bill by cash, check or money order at an authorized Quick Payment Center in your community. A convenience fee may apply. o Bank draft – You can avoid late fees by having your Entergy payment automatically deducted from your checking account each month. Entergy will mail a monthly billing statement to you for your records, showing the bill amount and bank draft date. o Pay by mail – You can send a check by U.S. Mail to the remittance address shown on your bill. If you believe you are a victim of this scam, you should notify the proper authorities, such as the local police or the state attorney general's office. If you believe your Entergy account has been affected, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1 800 368 3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative. Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 440,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.


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