SDG&E Warns Customers About Latest Nationwide Scam
Imposters Claim President Obama is paying utility bills
May 15, 2012
SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a scam that has impacted other utility customers in several states across the country. The scam claims that President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. In some cases, scammers have asked for social security numbers in order to allow for credits or to apply payments to customers' utility bills, presenting an identity-theft risk. According to reports, scammers have visited customers in person, posted fliers and used social media and texting to send messages claiming that President Obama will provide a credit or directly pay utility bills.
SDG&E wants to assure customers that SDG&E employees carry proper identification when called out to any job. The company also does not randomly call or text customers asking for social security numbers or other information. Customers should verify the employee's proper uniform and identification before letting anyone in the home or on their property. Customer safety is a top priority for SDG&E and employees will always be happy to wait while the customer confirms their identity.
Here are some tips to help customers identify SDG&E employees:
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric
For further information: Allison Zaragoza of San Diego Gas & Electric, 1-(877) 866-2066, www.sdge.com, Twitter: @sdge