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Santa Barbara police warning residents about utility phone scam

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The Santa Barbara Police Department is warning residents about a phone scam targeting Southern California Edison customers.

Police say scammers call a potential victim to inform them that they are past due on their utility bill and warn that their electricity will be shut off if they don't make an immediate payment. The victim is then instructed to go to a store and purchase a prepaid Visa debit card, MoneyPack card, or make a PayPal money transfer. Police say victims are sometimes even threatened with arrest if they don't make a payment.

Southern California Edison wants customers to know it does not demand payment or threaten customers with disconnection in this manner. Customers who receive a suspicious phone call should not provide any personal information or payment over the phone, but instead, contact Southern California Edison's Call Center at (800) 655-4555 or visit the company's website to report the suspicious activity.

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