COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 7, 2009) – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is alerting customers in the Columbia area to be on the lookout for a scam artist posing as an SCE&G employee.
Some customers recently called SCE&G to report a man coming to their home representing himself as an SCE&G employee and attempting to collect cash for their bill.
SCE&G wants to remind customers that the company does not collect money in the field for any reason. Additionally, SCE&G typically notifies a customer by phone or in writing before an employee is scheduled to arrive at their home to perform work.
“The only reason one of our employees would be on a customer’s property is to complete regular maintenance or to perform a service that was requested by the customer,” said Joe Lemmon, SCE&G corporate security.
SCE&G field employees are identified by their blue SCE&G uniforms, white company ID badges with photo and marked SCE&G truck.
“We encourage our customers to ask to see those identifying items if they have any concerns about our employees in the field,” Lemmon added.
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.
“Also, if you feel you’ve been approached or victimized by this scam artist, please contact local law enforcement,” said Lemmon. “They will have a better opportunity to apprehend the man if they receive timely notification he is in a certain area.”