CHICAGO (CBS) — With the recent heat wave and major storms, scammers are out in force looking to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.

ComEd is warning customers to be on alert for the following scams:

  • Individuals professing to be from utility companies are claiming that there are federal programs that will pay electric bills. People are being asked to provide their social security numbers in exchange for fake bank routing numbers that can be used to make payments.
  • Individuals claiming to be from utility companies are telling customers that they need to make an immediate payment or their service will be disconnected. They ask the customer to purchase a gift credit card and then call back with the card information to make the payment.

The activity typically increases after major storms or unusual weather events, like excessive heat.

Customers can avoid being scammed by taking a few precautions:

  • Never provide your social security or personal information to anyone initiating contact with you claiming to be a ComEd representative or requesting you to send money to another person or entity other than ComEd.
  • Always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing any utility worker into your home or business.
  • Be skeptical of individuals wearing clothing with old or defaced company logos.
  • Never make payment for services to anyone coming to your door

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