Better Business Bureau, Illinois Utilities Warn Families and Businesses about End-of-Year Scams

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Holiday season often leads to increased scam activity

CHICAGO, November 16, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–During the holidays, individuals falsely claiming to work for utilities have historically tried to take advantage of people’s busy, end-of-year schedules to scam families and businesses out of money and personal information.

To increase awareness of scams and scam attempts, the Better Business Bureau, along with representatives from ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas, joined forces today to provide tips to help Chicago-area customers identify scams this holiday season.

Steve Bernas, president and CEO of The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois states, “The number of reported scams generally rises with the holidays. Nationally, there has been an uptick in people claiming to be utility company workers over the past several years. In fact, they are scam artists who pose as utility workers and who usually target customers…

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