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Posted on: May 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Don't Be Fooled by Utility Scams

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Scammers may pose as City employees threatening to disconnect electric and/or water service unless immediate payment is made.

Be suspicious of anyone calling to demand payment over the phone, and be aware of the following:

  • The City does not have an 800, 888 or other toll-free phone number.
  • Scammers often “spoof” an actual City of Garland phone number on Caller ID, making it appear that the call is coming from the City.
  • Scammers can copy the City’s recorded answering system/IVR or record their own that is similar to the City’s, including the call options menu.
  • The City of Garland does not disconnect services outside of normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • City of Garland utility employees will never ask to enter your home. City employees will always be in a City uniform, have a City identification badge, and be in a City or GP&L vehicle.

For concerns or questions about utility scams or your Garland utility account, call Customer Service at 972-205-2671.

If you believe you have been the victim of the scam, report the incident to Garland Police at 972-485-4840.

For more about scams, check out our video.

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