The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has issued a press release warning Orlando residents of a spike in utility scam activity.
The scams take a couple of different forms:
- Door-to-door – Someone will pose as an OUC employee and request access to your home to conduct something like a “water quality test” or to sell you something. Official OUC representatives will never request unscheduled access to a private residence, without an appointment and do not conduct door-to-door sales. OUC employees will always wear OUC-branded identification, wear uniforms, and drive marked vehicles.
- Phone – An individual will call and claim to be from OUC and threaten to disconnect your services unless you pay immediately over the phone. OUC does not request private information like social security numbers, credit card numbers, or banking information over the phone or by email.
If someone approaches you in a suspicious manner, claiming to be with OUC, you are encouraged not to respond. If you question the legitimacy of the claim, contact OUC directly at 407-423-9018.
Click HERE for more information on utility scams.