Live 5 Scambuster: SCE&G warns customers of latest phone scams

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - SCE&G officials want residents and businesses to be cautious about a wave of scam calls.

They say customers have reported receiving phone calls from people pretending to be SCE&G employees. The scammers tell people about a fake bill that's past-due and then asks the victim to arrange payment with a prepaid debit card.

SCE&G also wants to warn customers of other tactics which may allow people to conclude it's a scam:

The scammer may threaten to turn a customer's service off if a payment isn't made immediately. Oftentimes small businesses, such as restaurants, are targeted because they can't afford to close and feel a sense of urgency. 

The company mails notification to customers before it disconnects a service because the customer hasn't paid. Someone will also call to remind the customer of the amount due and a due date. SCE&G also doesn't require specific payment methods and can choose how they pay. It also doesn't ask customers to meet in person for payment.

If you think you've been a victim of a scam, let us know by emailing Kyle Jordan

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