BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) The utility bill scam is one of the most common, and criminals mostly target the elderly and veterans.

According to the FBI, there were more than 92,000 elderly victims of fraud in 2021, resulting in almost $2 billion dollars in losses.

Con-artists call pretending to be with gas, water or electric companies, threatening to cut-off service if an immediate payment is not made.

If you do get a suspicious call, consumer experts suggest hanging up the phone and call the company yourself. The number is on your bill or the company’s website.

Never wire money or pay with a re-loadable card or gift card. Only scammers will require one of those types of payments.

AARP Louisiana posts weekly fraud videos about different scams.

The organization also hosts free workshops to help people avoid falling victim. The sessions are available upon requests, and the workshops are open to everyone, regardless of age.