For Immediate Release
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MAYS LANDING N.J. (March 26, 2020) – With New Jersey and the world experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlantic City Electric is reminding customers to always be on alert for potential scams targeting energy customers. Scams occur throughout the year, but the company has seen an increase in scam attempts with scammers using this health crisis to take advantage of energy customers throughout the United States. The company has received reports that scammers are threatening to shut service off, and also are offering cash or credit incentives in order to obtain a customer's personal or financial information.
"It is unfortunate that scammers are using the public's concerns around health and financial uncertainty to deceive and further harm our customers," said Derrick Dickens, senior vice president and Chief Customer Officer for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. "We want to provide our customers with tools and information that can help ward off would be scammers and help put a stop to these ongoing scamming attempts."
In some cases, scammers are duplicating the recorded message that customers hear when calling a legitimate company, so when customers call the number provided by the scammer, it sounds like an actual business. Some scammers also use caller ID "spoofing" to replicate an energy company's phone number.
Throughout the year, Atlantic City Electric takes steps to raise awareness among its customers, including posting tips to social media, adding alerts on the atlanticcityelectric.com homepage, issuing news releases, and participating annually in Utilities United Against Scams Day in March and November. Any customer who believes he or she has been the target of a scam is urged to contact their local police and call Atlantic City Electric immediately at 800-642-3780 to report the situation.
How to protect yourself
It is important to remind customers again of the many energy assistance programs available to help meet their energy needs. Atlantic City Electric offers a number of programs to help customers in New Jersey through temporary or extended financial hardship. Additionally, Atlantic City Electric is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1 and working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Atlantic City Electric is also working with residents whose service was previously disconnected to have service restored. Those customers should contact the company at 800-642-3780. As part of the reconnection process, Atlantic City Electric Customer Care representatives will work with residents to help identify assistance programs that can supplement bill payment and can help ensure service remains on after this pandemic.
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