Scam targeting PECO customers is making the rounds

Pat Loeb
November 26, 2018 - 5:51 pm
There's a scam going around right now that tries to scare PECO customers into thinking their power is about to be disconnected

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's a scam going around right now that tries to scare PECO customers into thinking their power is about to be disconnected. PECO says to check with them before you do anything else.

"Hello, I'm James calling with PECO," said a message that was left for a PECO customer in Bucks County last week. "It's about a disconnection we have for services today at 4:00." 

"First of all, PECO will never call a customer and ask for a bill payment," said PECO spokesperson Afia Ohenefrempong. 

Ohenefrempong says reports about these sorts of calls have been declining.
 
During a spike last fall, nearly 200 people reported receiving such messages in just two weeks. She says lately, it's less than 80 a month.

"The vast majority of calls originate from outside of our territory so that does sort of tie everybody's hands in terms of what we're able to do about it," she said. 

She says if you have any doubts about a call, or more ominously, a knock at the door, "just hang up or close the door and call us." 

And be sure to call the number on your bill, not one left in a message.