August 2, 2004

ROSEMEAD, Calif., August 2, 2004—Southern California Edison (SCE) is warning its customers to be alert and protect their homes and belongings from utility imposters. 

“Utility imposters come in all shapes and sizes and may carry ‘official’ looking credentials,” said SCE Consumer Affairs manager Suzanne Middelberg. “The elderly are most often targeted for this type of crime.  Be careful and check identification before letting anyone into your home.”

Utility imposters often work in pairs so that one can distract the victim, while the other steals cash, jewelry or other items of value.  “Be suspicious of anyone who comes to your home without an appointment and wants to check your appliances, wiring or any electrical problem that allows them inside,” Middelburg added.

All SCE employees wear uniforms and carry company identification.  Customers who encounter utility imposters are urged to immediately notify the police and call SCE at (800) 655-4555.

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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 12 million via 4.6 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.