- Hang up the phone, or close the door, and call your utility company.
- Delete all suspicious emails, texts or instant messages that offer “payment programs” for utilities or require immediate action to verify personal or banking information.
- Ignore suspicious requests for personal information such as bank account numbers, user names and passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers.
- Do not give the caller or visitor ANY form of a prepaid card, such as a Green Dot card, a wire transfer, gift cards for stores, cards for online services like Apple iTunes, or any other form of payment that may be difficult for law enforcement officials to trace.
- Contact your local police through the non-emergency telephone number, your state attorney general’s office through its toll-free number, and/or contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), ftccomplaintassistant.gov*
- Remember, you can always check the status of your SoCalGas account or pay your latest bill by logging on to My Account .
Calls that appear to be coming from SoCalGas, or “Spoofing”
What is caller ID spoofing? Caller ID spoofing is a practice in which a caller, using special phone equipment and technology, deliberately falsifies information to mask the true origin of the call. The call appears to be from SoCalGas or a trusted customer partner, when in reality the caller has no association with SoCalGas. From there, the caller may try to sell you products, collect personal information or say a payment is due on your gas bill when it’s not.
Tips to Protect You From a Spoofing Call
- SoCalGas will never ask for credit card information over the phone.
- Never provide your gas bill to anyone you don’t know.
- Never provide your My Account login credentials.
Signs of a Spoofing Call
- Calls are made multiple times per day.
- Customers are asked about their gas usage or meter information.
- Caller provides recommendations for purchasing alternative energy sources.
- Customers are asked to provide their Social Security number or other personal information.
Demands to Immediately Pay Your Utility Bill with Pre-paid Cash Cards, Visa Cards, etc.
Once the card is purchased, customers are directed to another phone number where information is obtained from the card and the cash value is removed.
Government Programs to Pay Utility Bills
Scam victims have been contacted by individuals going door-to-door, making phone calls, posting fliers, unsolicited emails, text-messages and social media contacts.
Customers are often asked to also provide sensitive information, such as social security numbers, which presents an identity-theft risk.