Scam Alert: Don’t Fall Victim to Callers Demanding Payment

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Seattle City Light has received reports that scammers are at it again. One of the current scam tactics involves contacting customers by phone, pretending to be employees of City Light and demanding payment. If you receive a recorded message or a live call from someone demanding payment right away, hang up and call us directly. City Light will always direct customers to the secure online payment system at www.seattle.gov/light or to call (206) 684-3000 to make a payment.

When a customer is past due on a bill, City Light takes multiple steps to notify the customer before shutting off the power. City Light employees will never ask for payment in person and will always be able to produce identification if informing a customer in person of a past-due bill.

Scammers may demand thousands of dollars and threaten to shut off power if payment isn’t made immediately. Vulnerable residents may be specially targeted by scammers including non-English speaking individuals, elderly people and small-business owners.

Check out the video below from City Light and the Seattle Police Department, reminding customers to protect their personal financial information to avoid becoming a victim of scammers posing as City Light employees.

Learn more about how to avoid becoming a victim at www.seattle.gov/light/EndScams.