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Con Artists Strike Gulf Power Customers Again

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Mar 28 2014 2:45 PM

Gulf Power customers in Okaloosa County have reported new cases of credit card fraud. Gulf Power is asking its customers to beware of people imperson-ating utility company employees. The scenario plays out like this: someone impersonating a Gulf Power employee contacts a customer by telephone. The caller tells the victim that their electric bill is past due and threatens to cut off their electricity if the customer does not provide a credit card payment immediately. The perpetrator then uses the card numbers to make fraudulent purchases.

To prevent this from happening to you, please remember the following:

Gulf Power employees will never call a customer at home seeking any personal information including credit card numbers.

Gulf Power representatives will never ask a customer for money when they visit a residence.

All Gulf Power representatives carry badges with picture identifi-cation that includes the employee’s name and the company’s name and logo.

Customers should call Gulf Power at 1-800-225 5797 if they have any questions about the identity of anyone representing Gulf Power.

Gulf Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility with all of its com-mon stock owned by Atlanta-based Southern Company. Gulf Power serves more than 430,000 customers in 10 counties throughout Northwest Florida. The company’s mission is to safely deliver affordable, reliable and environ-mentally responsible energy to very satisfied customers in strong communi-ties. Visit our website at www.gulfpower.com.

To report a fraud or scam call the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Fraud & Scam Hotline at 850-651-7674.

Maddox Law

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