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PECO Warns Customers of Utility Scam

President Obama is not providing funding to help pay your electric or gas bill.

A scam intended to deceive people into providing their social security numbers, banking details, and other personal information by misleading them to believe that the government will help pay their utility bills has appeared in the greater Philadelphia region, PECO said.

The scam, which has been reportedly taking place through social media such as Facebook, text messages, telephone and U.S. Mail, claims that President Barack Obama is providing funding to help customers pay their utility bills.

“We want to make our customers aware of this scam and any potential issues so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark Alden, PECO vice president of Customer Operations.

PECO offers these tips to help customers avoid falling for the scam:

  • Never provide your social security number, banking, or credit card information over the phone, unless you have initiated the call.
  • If you receive a call allegedly from PECO and are pressured for immediate payment or for personal information, hang up and call PECO directly at 1-800-494-4000.
  • Never provide anyone access to your home who claims to be from PECO, or a contractor working for PECO, unless the visit has been scheduled and the person has proper identification.  Customers can always contact the company at 1-800-494-4000 to confirm an official visit. 

PECO customers who have been contacted regarding this scam are asked to call PECO immediately at 1-800-494-4000 to report the incident.  PECO’s Security Group will work with local authorities to investigate the incident. 

Patch Reader July 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Other than the old and the slow of mind -- and I'd include tea partiers in the slow of mind -- wht would anyone give out their ssn, banking account numbers or any other id like that?
Maureen McAnany July 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Again, I will comment- it's not the tea partiers looking for a free ride. It's Obamas "entitlement mentality" followers". Open your eyes
Anthony Wayne July 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The path forward = http://www.cato.org
JDBroomall July 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
PR: I would bet my house that you have given out your SS number to at least 1,000 people that did not require it. How many times did you supply it and write it down to someone that asked for it? Unless you were claiming an income from them... you didn't need to supply it I also would bet my house that you have given out your banking account numbers to every single person you ever wrote a check to and every single person that came across it. The numbers are right at the bottom.

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