UGI Reminds Consumers to be Aware of Utility Imposters and Phone Scams
19 Aug 2015
UGI reminds energy consumers to protect themselves and their property against individuals who may be posing as UGI employees either in person or on the phone.
If a person claiming to be a utility employee knocks on your door, residents should check for proper identification before allowing that person into their home. All UGI employees carry photo ID cards that display the company logo along with their photo and employee number. UGI employees are happy to show consumers their ID badges upon request.
UGI wants consumers to feel secure when a company representative visits their home or business to perform utility services. To help prevent imposters from gaining access to customers’ homes, UGI urges customers to keep the following safety information in mind:
- UGI does not routinely do any work unannounced late in the evening except for a customer-requested appointment or legitimate gas emergency. UGI does not do meter reading work late in the evening.
- Legitimate UGI meter readers, inspectors, collectors and service representatives routinely wear blue uniforms with a UGI logo and drive marked, numbered vehicles.
- Most service work is performed on a pre-scheduled basis, with the exception of leak and corrosion surveys.
- Meter reading is performed on a scheduled date, as noted on your monthly bill, typically within the hours of 7am and 5pm.
- Always ask to see proper identification before allowing anyone entrance to your home. If you are suspicious about a person’s ID or activities, do not allow that person into your home and call UGI immediately so that we can verify the visit.
UGI also reminds customers that scammers can place phone calls or send email stating the customer owes money for their energy bills and that non-payment would result in having their service shut off later that day. One common scam instructs the customer to purchase a money order or pre-paid Visa card and call back with the information so it can be applied to their account. These phone calls are not generated by UGI or an agent of the company, nor is this the normal process that UGI would follow if a customer is not current on their account. In addition, UGI would not recommend a prepaid credit card as an option for payment.
If you ever have any question about whether a visit, phone call or email from UGI was legitimate, please contact UGI at (800) 276-2722 (UGI Central Penn Gas customers should call (800) 652-0550).
UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility with headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania. UGI serves 670,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.
# # #