SCE Scam Alert

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I just received a call from an agency posing as Southern California Edison (SCE), claiming that my electricity would be shut off due to non-payment within the hour if I didn't pay my account immediately. They gave me the following "bill pay" # 800-340-7156. I called it to follow up and became suspicious because I pay my bill automatically online. When I mentioned this the caller hung up. This sounded legit, be careful!


Update by Southern California Edison (SCE)

We really want customers to be aware of potential scams.  Here’s our latest Energized web story about it, with some good tips at the bottom for customer awareness.

https://energized.edison.com/stories/beware-of-impostors-disguised-as-sce-employees

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Flicka Oct 02, 2019 09:46 AM
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From my book, "Why do we say it?"--- Rule of thumb. It's one way to make rough measurements. The first joint of the thumb is approximately one inch long. The book also explains "a foot", a hand (width of a hand) foot, etc. Ends with "We still use a finger to measure drinks."

a-1571480653 Oct 02, 2019 09:12 AM
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"Rule of Thumb" has a disturbing origin rooted in violence. It would be a plus if people quit using it. See link. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/rule-of-thumb.html

a-1571480653 Oct 02, 2019 09:23 AM
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9:12 - from your own link - " the 'rule of thumb' has never been the law in England." Also - "The origin of the phrase remains unknown. It is likely that it refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things." Don't get too upset over it.

Flicka Oct 01, 2019 03:22 PM
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I think older people are especially susceptible to these money scams, they are trusting and will likely believe the threats. Please be sure to warn relatives and friends about this.

Luvaduck Oct 02, 2019 07:28 AM
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Targeting seniors is profitable for con men and swindlers. Something like half have some degree of mental impairment by age 75, and the current crop of seniors lived when most people were honest and personal information wasn't easy to get except from the person themself. With the internet and social media, that is no longer so. Because scammers are difficult to apprehend, their punishment should be draconian.

CS805 Oct 01, 2019 12:58 PM
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The best rule of thumb whenever any utility, credit card, or any company cold calls you asking for money. Hang-up and call them back directly to make a payment.

SBLocalGal Oct 01, 2019 05:59 PM
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I think the best Rule of Thumb is to let every unknown call go to voicemail and look at your utility/credit card bill online before calling anyone back. And if you can't do that, call the utility company back using their customer service number not one that a caller gives you. Scammers are getting more shrewd all the time and it's better to be suspicious of every unknown call in the first place. Also, experts advise you to never pick up these calls because then the caller knows they have a live person on the hook.

klcshank Oct 01, 2019 11:37 AM
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Before you call a number that "they" give you go dig out an old bill and call the customer service number listed there or look it up online. Do not call the number they give you and give them any bit of information. Edison does not call and demand immediate payment. They have to mail you written notice before any action is taken on your account.

oceandrew Oct 01, 2019 06:46 PM
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BINGO... that's the bottom line. Never believe anyone asking you for money over the phone, not even your grandkids. If they want to come over and get it from you in person, that's fine. Make them pay you visit for it... your grandkids, I mean.

Flicka Oct 01, 2019 10:12 AM
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Maybe when you can tell it's a scam tell them, "Go ahead turn it off. I have plenty of candles."

Thomas John Oct 01, 2019 09:55 AM
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Thank you for posting.

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