DON’T GET SCAMMED: TAMPA ELECTRIC WARNS CUSTOMERS TO BE VIGILANT
Scammers continue to target customers with threats of disconnection
Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2016) – A scammer demanding a prepaid debit card continues to call Tampa Electric customers under the guise of avoiding disconnection. Between 10 and 15 customers are hearing from the scammer every day.
Because this scam continues to affect Tampa Electric customers after five years, Tampa Electric would like to remind customers to be wary of anyone demanding payment over the phone for their power bill.
The basic premise of the scam is:
Tampa Electric never calls to ask for credit card or debit card numbers. If you are uncertain about an individual's association with Tampa Electric – or about your bill – please contact the company for verification:
All Tampa Electric team members and contractors working for Tampa Electric are required to carry photo identification cards. If someone claiming to be a Tampa Electric representative visits your home or business, request to see an ID badge or call the company to verify his or her identity.