To Tampa Electric and Progress Energy customers: Beware of telephone scam artists who are seeking your credit card information.
The two Tampa Bay utilities issued a warning about the con Wednesday after receiving complaints from customers. So far the scam has targeted law firms, nail and hair salons, medical clinics and other small businesses.
During the call, a person posing as a representative of one of the utilities claims the customer's account will be disconnected because of an unsigned check or unpaid balance. The person requests a credit card number to avoid the disconnection.
In at least two cases, customers gave their credit card numbers, and the scam artists illegally used them.
Neither Progress Energy Florida nor Tampa Electric ever call to ask for credit card or debit card numbers. If you are uncertain about an individual's association with your utility, contact the company for verification:
For Tampa Electric, call toll-free 1-888-223-0800.
For Progress Energy, call toll-free 1-800-700-8744.