SCE&G warns of possible scam artists posing as employees - - Columbia, South Carolina

SCE&G warns of possible scam artists posing as employees

South Carolina Electric and Gas is urging business and residential customers to be weary of scam artists posing as SCE&G employees.

Several customers have reported incidents where people have acted as SCE&G employees over the phone telling them their utility bill is late or they may need a new meter. After threatening to terminate their service, the posing employee then asks the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card and has the customer call back with the numbers on the card.

Possible scam artists often target small businesses like restaurants that can't afford to close. They may also suggest a specific local store where the customer can buy the prepaid card.

The posing SCE&G employees may also use a practiced called Caller ID "spoofing" where the customer's phone displays a false caller ID.

"Customers should call us directly if they ever have concerns about their accounts," Sam Dozier, customer service vice president, said. "If you have any doubt whatsoever about the legitimacy of a caller, hang up and call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-251-7234."

If you think you are or have been a victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also call the state Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-922-1594.

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