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Posted on: September 21, 2020

ComEd COVID-19Related Energy Scams

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a financial toll on families and businesses across northern Illinois, scammers are increasing their efforts to take advantage of vulnerable customers who may be struggling to pay their bills.

Imposters posing as ComEd employees are approaching individuals and businesses to attempt to steal their money, as well as personal and business information.

Tips to help homeowners identify scams

ComEd will never visit or call a customer’s home or business to:

  • Ask for immediate payment with a prepaid cash card or cryptocurrency such as bitcoin
  • Ask for their ComEd account number or other personal information, such as a driver’s license number, Social Security number, tax identification number or bank information

Tips to help all customers identify an actual ComEd employee

  • All ComEd field employees wear a uniform with the ComEd logo, including shirt and safety vest
  • ComEd employees visibly display a company ID badge with the ComEd logo and employee’s name

Scammers rapidly change their tactics so if you are suspicious of any energy-related request or actions, stop what you are doing and call ComEd immediately at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661).

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