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Posted on: January 20, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Scam artists targeting residents

...to require a bill be paid, or an email responded to. In PEPCO's case, scammers posing as third-party energy suppliers are sending fake utility bills via email to some utility customers. The email asks that customers click on a link contained within the email. It is suspected that, by clicking the link, the customer’s computer could become infected with a virus or malware. Who knows what data they may go after. Don't have your identity stolen! //// PG County: Don't believe a flyer asking for fire inspection fees. Also, WSSC wants our customers to know that:
• All WSSC employees are required to carry and prominently display their WSSC photo ID badges. When in doubt, customers should demand to see the employee’s ID badge for verification.
• All WSSC workers who need access to customers’ homes, properties or businesses drive blue vans, trucks or cars, clearly marked with the WSSC name and water drop logo.
• Most WSSC work in the field is conducted outside of homes.
• WSSC employees will never ask for payment at your home.
• Ask anyone potentially posing as a WSSC employee for his or her supervisor's name and telephone number.
If you fear for your safety, call 911. To report suspicious activities involving WSSC employees or vehicles, please call your local police immediately (301-839-4040) and then call WSSC at 301-206-8888.
These fraudsters tend to work throughout a region, so everyone in the D.C. metro area should be alert for similar flyers. If in doubt, ask a friend or relative to read a suspicious solicitation.

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