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From Anchor Tony McEwing

SoCal Edison Customers Scammed Out Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

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Southern California Edison Customers beware! Thieves are out separate you from your hard earned money. In fact, they've already successfully scammed more than 300 victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars since the beginning of the year. It's a simple scheme that has been used by crooks in the past. The reason they keep doing it is because, sadly enough, all too often it works. People keep falling for it. So I'm writing this hoping you won't become one of them.

Here's how it works. Someone calls you up and tells you he or she is from the disconnection department of SoCal Edison and unless you pay a certain amount of money within a ridiculously short period of time, usually 15 minutes or so, your service is going to be immediately cut off. Since I'm diligent about paying my bills, I would be very suspicious if I got a call like that. Even if I did owe money, I would still be skeptical and would hang up and call SoCal Edison directly, which is precisely what law enforcement recommends that people do.

SoCal Edison has gotten more than 2000 complaints from customers about the scam so far, a number of whom have received second calls from the criminals. Ninety-percent of the victims have been business owners with ten percent being residential customers. The average business loss has ranged from $800 to well over $1,000. Residential losses are usually between $300 and $500 for a grand theft total of about $225,000 since this whole ruse started.

The charlatans try to add credibility to their crooked claims by using post office boxes in Beverly Hills. It's easy enough not to fall victim to these creeps. If you get a call from someone telling you to pay money now or SoCal Edison will pull the plug, hang up. Whatever you do, don't pay up. If you think you might owe the utility company money, make a call yourself. Just a little effort could save you the headache and stress of being fooled, not to mention a lot of money.

Tony McEwing co-anchors FOX 11 Morning News at 4:30 am and provides news updates for the Emmy award winning Good Day LA, broadcast weekdays from 7:00 - 10:00 am. He also co-anchors the FOX 11 10 am News and the FOX 11 News at Noon.
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