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PECO Warms Small Business Owners Of Expanding Scam

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PECO is warning it's small business customers that a scam that was previously limited to residential customers, is now targeting their accounts.

The scam claims that the customer is behind on their account and they will have to make payment in order for their service to be continued.

The scammers are also asking customers to purchase pre-paid credit cards and contact a number to activate the accounts. Once the scammer gets that information, the funds on that car are drained.

Since late 2011, 85 customers have reported that they have been targets of this fraudulent operation.

PECO offers these tips for customers to help avoid scams:

  • If customers receive a call from someone stating they are calling to collect a bill payment for PECO, the caller should be able to provide specific information including:
    • Account Name
    • Account Address
    • Account Number
    • Amount of Current Balance

If the caller cannot provide this information, it is likely the call is not coming from PECO. In this case, customers should not provide any information, and call the company immediately at 1-800-494-4000 to report the situation.

  • Never provide your social security number, or banking or credit card information via the phone, unless you have initiated the call.
  • Never provide anyone access to your home who claims to be from PECO, or a contractor working for PECO, unless the person has proper identification. Customers can always contact the company at 1-800-494-4000 to confirm an official visit.
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