BE ALERT TO A CURRENT SCAM AFFECTING LOCAL BUSINESSESThe ABA has learned of the following scam that has affected some local businesses:
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company is warning its customers to be wary of imposters posing as BGE representatives in response to a rise in in-person and over-the-phone scams. Imposters wear official-looking clothing and carry fake credentials. BGE urges customers to always call BGE at the number on their bill or at 800-685-0123 to verify an employee's credentials or with any questions or concerns PRIOR to ever granting someone entry into their home. All BGE employees and contractors carry company identification badges, which should be visible at all times, displaying their name, photograph, and identification number. If at any time customers are concerned for their safety, they should call 911. BGE also wants customers to know that it no longer accepts payments in the field.
Local businesses who are BGE customers have been targeted over the phone. The callers claim to represent BGE and tell customers their service is scheduled to be terminated and that they should make a payment by purchasing a ‘Green Dot’ Visa credit card. The customers are then directed to call another phone number where information is obtained from the credit card and the monetary value is removed from the card. To avoid this scam, customers should ask the caller for name on the account, the account address and the exact past-due balance.
Businesses are also encouraged to question ANY company that contacts them in person or by phone and verify the validity of the contact prior to releasing ANY information.
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