Triggered by a number of scam complaints, Southern California Edison is asking all consumers to be wary of persons attempting to pass themselves off as company officials in a bid to get unsuspecting residents to pay them money. The advice on hand from the company should be understood so that you don’t get fleeced by a fraud.
How the scam works is that someone will call or drop into a residence and attempt to convince an individual that they owe money to Southern California Edison. They’ll tell that person that they must pay a hefty fine right away or else get their electrical services cut off. Because of their insistence, many people feel bullied and end up paying the fine.
To avoid this scam, realize that a member of a utility company will never call you and tell you that you must pay now or else get your power turned off. The same goes for someone dropping in to your house. If a utility worker actually needs to speak with you, they will be able to give you verification information that you check up on. As far as people coming by your house, an appointment will be scheduled by the company if someone actually has to come by the residence.
Do not pay suspicious persons or provide credit card, bank, or utility account numbers. Please don’t allow such individuals into your home until you can be sure they are who they say they are. If you feel threatened, call the police.