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Utility Warning About Phone Scams Involving Bill Payment


A utility company is issuing a warning about a rash of recent bill scams.

Southern California Edison officials say sophisticated scammers are using a technique in which calls which appear on caller ID’s look as if they come from the utility. The callers demand immediate payment, with the threat that if the victims don’t make immediate payment, service will be cut off.

Edison officials say they never demand immediate payment using the threat of cutting off service, and they never ask for prepaid cash cards. And, they say they never make bill-related calls on weekends or holidays.

More than 8800 scam attempts were reported to SCE this year, with close to $500,000 in losses among victims.