Southern California Edison said today that it is advising its customers to be aware of a new telephone scam. Suspects are demanding immediate payment for alleged past due electricity bills.
Suspects have been calling Southern California Edison customers and telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or their electrical service will be disconnected, according to a news statement.
The suspects are demanding the payments be made through a prepaid cash card, such as PayPal or Green Dot card, according to the statement.
Southern California Edison is also advising customers to ask for identification when anyone comes to their door claiming to be a Southern California Edison utility worker. Utility workers working for Southern California Edison will provide verification, including their department and phone number.
In most cases, home visits conducted by Southern California Edison are scheduled by the customer and the appointment will be confirmed in writing. If there are any concerns it is suggested having the utility worker stand by outside until the workerâ€™s identify is verified.
Customers are being advised to be alert and if they believe they are receiving a fraudulent call they should ask for the callers name, department and phone number. If the caller refuses to give this information customers can call Southern California Edison at (800) 655-4555.