Beware of Scammers Using COVID-19 to Trick Customers
Southern California Edison reminds customers to stay aware and not fall victim to scammers taking advantage of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.
During the pandemic, con artists and impostors are targeting unsuspecting customers and the public in an attempt to steal their money, their personal information, or both.
The World Health Organization warns the public not to fall for phishing emails, texts and social media posts requesting personal information or selling phony products sent by scammers.
“It’s disheartening that there are people deliberately targeting our customers and the general public during this COVID-19 crisis,” said Kari Gardner, SCE senior manager of Consumer Affairs. “People need to know about these scams and how to recognize them so they can protect themselves and their families.”
It’s disheartening that there are people deliberately targeting our customers and the general public during this COVID-19 crisis. People need to know about these scams and how to recognize them so they can Protect themselves and their families.”Kari Gardner, SCE Senior Manager
The most common utility phone scam involves scammers calling customers and threatening to turn off their electricity unless they make an immediate payment via a prepaid cash card. Call SCE’s customer service call center (1-800-655-4555) or go to your online account to check your billing information.
SCE is temporarily suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees by request during the current COVID-19 emergency restrictions. For more information, visit sce.com/billhelp.
Remember, stay informed and be aware.
Don’t Fall for Scams
- The WHO has warned that scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak to send phishing emails, texts and social media posts.
- Be on the lookout for scams asking for personal information or selling phony products. Never click on malicious links or attachments.
- For the most up-to-date facts, visit: the CDC or WHO.
- Remember that SCE does not have a “disconnection department.”
- SCE will never demand an immediate payment with the threat of disconnection.
- SCE does not accept prepaid cash cards or bitcoins for bill payments.
- SCE will never ask for your credit card or account information over the phone.
- SCE employees will not demand to collect, or accept, payment in the field.
- To learn more scam tips, visit: sce.com/scamalert.