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Public Utility Commission: Beware of scams

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 24, 2013 8:51 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state's electric utility regulator is warning consumers to be wary of a recent uptick in scams and aggressive telemarketing. 

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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher says scammers have been trying to drum up fake business over the phone or in person. "We've seen an uptick in the door-to-door marketing complaints where homeowners have felt pressured, or people have been asked to be in the house, and haven't been able to produce ID. If they do produce ID, they're saying one thing and the ID says something else."

Kocher says the agency has also fielded a number of recent complaints about legitimate companies employing aggressive sales techniques. But, she says, such instances can usually be dealt with quickly.

Kocher adds it's important for customers to know about the reputable electric companies in the state and report any problems they encounter.

She urges customers to check out papowerswitch.com or the Attorney General's website to stay informed about scams and to report suspicious behavior.

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