National Consumer Protection Week
Authorities warn Southlanders that scammers have been contacting utility customers and trying to defraud them.
“Utility scams occur when a scammer pretends to be a representative from your utility company and tricks you into sending money or revealing sensitive information,'' according to a Southern California Edison statement.
“Of the SCE customers who have received scam calls this year, about 20% of them have paid out more than $18,000 after being told to either use Zelle or go to a convenience store to use bitcoin or a gift card,'' SCE said.
“Because of the high volume of scammers using Zelle, Southern California Edison and other utilities have joined forces to educate customers on what a utility scam looks like,'' SCE said.
The warning was issued during National Consumer Protection Week, March 5-11.
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