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LCEC offers tips to protect against sneaky scammers

By Staff | Nov 14, 2019

Scammers are relentless when it comes to their attempts to trick people out of money and/or personal information. What’s worse is that scammers are upping their game, using more sophisticated and intimidating strategies. The only way to truly protect yourself is to be aware and vigilant in safeguarding your personal information.

When it comes to a utility scammer, LCEC reminds customer to:

KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR

– Someone pretending to be an LCEC representative to get into your home.

– Anyone soliciting your personal information or trying to sell products and services over the telephone or through the mail on behalf of LCEC.

– Requests for personal information by email or websites appearing to be sent from LCEC.

– Someone requesting immediate cash or “gift card” payment in person.

KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

LCEC employees and contractors are frequently in your neighborhood to perform routine maintenance, energy services, and conduct tree trimming. All LCEC employees and contractors carry a photo identification badge and can provide work documents with corporate contact information. Ask to see proof and call LCEC to verify, if you are in doubt.

KNOW THAT LCEC WILL NOT

– Come into your home without making arrangements ahead of time.

– Solicit personal information over the phone, unless you initiated the call.

– Threaten to close your account if you do not take the immediate action of providing personal information.

– Visit your home offering cash refunds on deposits or electric charges; we either credit your account or mail a check to your electric service address.

TRUST YOUR GUT

– If someone suspicious is on your property claiming to be an LCEC representative, ask to see photo identification badge or work request number.

– Contact LCEC at 239-656-2300 to inquire if representatives are in your area or to ask about your account.

– Do not allow anyone into your home if you feel uneasy about if they are actually from LCEC.

– Do not provide personal information such as bank account numbers, passwords, social security number or credit/debit card numbers over the phone unless you initiated the call.

– Ignore suspicious emails that urge immediate action or request personal information.

– Do not trust contact information provided in suspicious emails.

For more information, visit the “Safety” tab under “My Home” on lcec.net.