Cayce, S.C. (February 4, 2010) – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is alerting customers in the Aiken, Abbeville and Greenwood areas to be on the lookout for scam artists posing as SCE&G employees.
A customer recently called SCE&G to report a group of men in a small gray truck coming to her home representing themselves as SCE&G employees and asking personal questions. The men said they were staking a gas line. While one man stayed at the front door with the customer, the other walked around the property, out of site. After a few minutes, he returned and the men left. The customer then noticed that her wallet, cash and checks were missing from her pocket book and called the police.
SCE&G wants to remind customers that the company typically notifies a customer by phone or in writing before an employee is scheduled to arrive at their home to perform any type of work. If someone arrives unannounced and introduces themselves as an SCE&G employee, the company recommends calling Customer Service at 1-800-251-7234 for verification or dialing 911 if they feel threatened.
“We encourage our customers to ask to see employee identification if they have any concerns about our employees in the field,” said Gary Wright, Manager of Natural Gas Operations for SCE&G in Aiken.
SCE&G field employees are identified by their blue SCE&G uniforms, a white company ID badge with a photo and marked SCE&G truck.
“Also, if you feel you’ve been approached or victimized by these scam artists, please contact local law enforcement,” Wright added. “They will have a better opportunity to apprehend the men if they receive timely notification they are in a certain area.”