GOLETA The city of Goleta has issued a warning to the local community to be on the lookout for potential scams during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents are reminded to never give any personal or financial information to anyone unless they have verified that the request is legitimate. The warning comes after similar advisories issued by SoCalGas and Southern California Edison. SoCalGas wants customers to know they do not call customers seeking payment, according to a news release.
The gas company shared the following tips on how to recognize and respond to a possible scam:
- Caller ID spoofing with calls that appear to be coming from SoCalGas. The caller may try to sell products, collect personal information, or collect payment on your gas bill. Please note that SoCalGas will never ask for payment through the phone.
- Phishing emails, texts and social media posts with malicious attachments asking you to send personal information or money to another entity.
- Utility imposters appearing at your place of residence or business demanding payment.
Customers are reminded to never share their social security numbers, credit card information or bank account numbers to anyone claiming to be a representative. Those who are contacted should always ask to see a SoCalGas photo ID badge before letting someone enter their home. All employees are required to carry a badge. Customers are also encouraged to verify the employee’s uniform and identification. To check on the status of your account or pay your bill, visit www.socalgas.com.
To report scams, call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office dispatch line at 805-683-2724.