May 23--PANAMA CITY -- Gulf Power is giving out tips to customers as scamming reportedly is on the rise.
"Scammers continue to target Gulf Power customers in a scheme where business owners and residential customers receive calls from a person claiming to represent Gulf Power and demanding payment -- or their electric service will be cut off," Gulf Power wrote in a news release.
The company advises customers their employees will never call a customer at home seeking any personal information ? which includes credit card numbers ? and representatives will never ask a customer for money when they visit a residence. All their representatives carry badges with picture identification that includes the employee's name and the company's name and logo.
Customers should call Gulf Power at 1-800-225-5797 if they have any questions about the identity of anyone representing Gulf Power.
"If anyone has been victimized by one of these schemes, or has any information about suspects, they are asked to call local law enforcement and to contact Gulf Power at 1-800-225-5797," the release stated.
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