Warning: Edison telephone scam

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – Santa Ana police and Southern California Edison put out a warning today about a scam to rip off consumers with bogus threats that their power will be turned off.

Eight Edison customers in Santa Ana have told police they were victims of the scheme, collectively losing about $7,000, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The victims are told they have past-due bills and must make immediate payment or have their power disconnected right away, Bertagna said. The thieves ask consumers to pay with a prepaid cash card such as through PayPal or a Green Dot card, Bertagna said.

Edison will never call customers demanding payment, so anyone who receives such a call should hang up and call police, Bertagna said.

Callers are also advised to demand a name, department and business phone number, and they should hang up if the caller refuses to supply the information, Bertagna said.

Customers can call Edison at (800) 655-4555 or make anonymous tips to police at (855) 847-6227.

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