Scammers are using more sophisticated and intimidating strategies. The only way to protect yourself is to stay aware, know the facts and safeguard your personal information. You do not have to give personal or financial information to anyone calling you on the phone, sending you an email or showing up uninvited at your door. If you feel something is not quite right about the situation, contact LCEC immediately at 239-656-2300. Old and new scams occur every day.
LCEC employees and contractors are frequently in your neighborhood to perform routine maintenance, energy services, and conduct tree trimming. All LCEC employees and contractors carry a photo identification badge and can provide work documents with corporate contact information. Ask to see proof and call LCEC to verify, if you are in doubt.
Also, it’s important to remember that LCEC will not:
Scammers are using false phone numbers that could appear to originate from LCEC on caller ID. They may also use a recording of LCEC customer care phone messages to sound authentic. The dishonest caller may threaten to disconnect power unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot MoneyPak card. LCEC will never call and demand credit card information or accept Green Dot MoneyPak cards as payment. This scam is impacting utility customers across the nation.
Bill Payment Scam
Scammers tell customers that a third party, in most cases the Federal Government or the President will pay their utility bill in exchange for their personal banking information or Social Security number. Often messages with third-party bank account information are shared on the Internet or between social networks. Unauthorized use of bank account information that does not belong to you is illegal and payments will be reversed when it is discovered.
Door-to-door sales or service scam
Dishonest people may knock on the door claiming to be associated with LCEC. The scam artists are usually very persistent, and use a variety of tactics to gain access to your home. In some cases, a team of scammers distracts the homeowner and the other robs the home.
If you think you may have been a victim of a scam, please contact LCEC at 239-656-2300 and your local law enforcement fraud unit. You can also contact the authorities listed below:
If you have been a victim of fraud or identity theft, it is critical that you take the following actions:
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