Chattanooga, Tenn. – Nov. 17, 2020 – Chattanooga Gas is joining 130 U.S. and Canadian energy companies Nov. 16-20 for a weeklong campaign to expose the red flags of a scam and show how customers can protect themselves.
“Impostor scams cost consumers $667 million in 2019 alone, according to the Federal Trade Commission,” said Pedro Cherry, president and CEO of Chattanooga Gas. “With more customers conducting personal business online due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, this year it is particularly important that people know how to identify the signs of a scam.”
In recent years, scammers have expanded their schemes into digital spaces, such as email and social media. Chattanooga Gas strongly encourages customers to be skeptical if anyone:
Chattanooga Gas holds itself accountable to customers and communities it serves, which is why it reminds customers that it will never use aggressive or intimidating tactics to pressure them into making a payment toward their natural gas bill.
Customers who suspect or experience fraud should contact local authorities, and then call the customer care center phone number listed on their billing statement. And, customers who want to confirm that a Chattanooga Gas representative is scheduled to perform work at their premise should contact our customer care center at 866.643.4168.
In addition, whenever a field service representative or one of our contractors visits a customer’s home or business, they will provide Chattanooga Gas identification. And, as an additional safety measure to protect our customers, anyone who signs up to receive our Keep Me Informed appointment status text messages can access a photo of the technician assigned to perform work at their property.
For more information, visit chattanoogagas.com/fraudprotection and follow us on social media @chattanoogagas and join in the conversation #StopScams.
Chattanooga Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Chattanooga Gas provides retail natural gas sales and transportation services to approximately 66,000 customers in Hamilton and Bradley counties in southeast Tennessee. The Chattanooga Gas service area includes the communities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Red Bank, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain. For more information, visit chattanoogagas.com.
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 700,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southerncompanygas.com.
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