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David N. Kirkman
Task Force Alert
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Asst Attorney General
Consumer Protection
NC Department of
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P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602
919-716-6000

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To NC Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force Members

******Alert #254******

Progress Energy has issued the following warning to the about fraud artists claiming to represent the company:

RALEIGH (Sept. 30, 2010) – Progress Energy warns customers to beware of a telephone-based scam that has increased in frequency this week

More than a dozen Progress Energy customers have reported since Sept. 28 that they have received telephone calls from one or more people claiming to represent Progress Energy or other electric utilities. The caller, sometimes identified as “Dan,” claims the customer’s account is about to be disconnected for non-payment, and requests credit card information from the customer to avoid the disconnection. In at least one case, credit card information was supplied, and the information was later used illegally.

Except in rare instances, Progress Energy representatives do not call customers, asking for credit card information.

Other scams in recent years have involved people claiming to be Progress Energy employees or representatives, seeking entry into a customer’s home. Other than in emergencies or safety-related issues, there are practically no instances when a representative of Progress Energy would show up at a customer’s home unannounced and ask to enter to perform work.

Progress Energy encourages customers and others not to open their door for utility workers unless they can confirm the person’s identity. Progress Energy employees carry company badges with photographs. But since ID badges, vehicle signs and clothing can be fabricated to look authentic, none of these is sufficient to assure a person’s identity.

If a customer has any doubt about the identity of anyone claiming to be a Progress Energy employee (in person, on the phone or via e-mail or other electronic media), that person should call the Progress Energy customer service center at 1-800-452-2777 to verify the employee’s identity.

******End of Alert******

Date: October 5, 2010

David N. Kirkman
Assistant Attorney General
Task Force Alerts Chair
Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General Roy Cooper
9001 Mail Processing Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Tel. 919-716-6000

 

 

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