Sunday, March 30, 2014
Scam Alert! ComEd and Peoples Gas "Workers" Asking For Cash
But wait, there's more!
"As ComEd continues to deploy more than four million smart meters for customers throughout its service territory, the utility is warning customers to be on the alert for scam artists seeking a deposit payment before a smart meter can be installed. There is no such requirement as part of the smart meter deployment process.
This latest scam follows other reported attempts to deceive customers by claiming to be representatives of ComEd. These other scam attempts, sometimes conducted door-to-door, include variations of telling customers that: their service will be disconnected unless payment is made; the billing cycle has changed and payment is needed immediately; the account is past due and immediate payment is required to avoid disconnection; and that previous payments were not accepted or processed. The scam artists request these "payments" in a variety of forms, including instructing customers to buy a prepaid credit card and call back with the personal identification number (PIN)."