Fight Utility Scams Virtual Town Hall educates consumers

Fight Utility Scams Virtual Town Hall

A “Fight Utility Scams” Virtual Town Hall hosted by the D.C. Chapter of AARP and the DC Public Service Commission on March 12th shared common and new utility scams as well as tips to help consumers stay safe. The live event featured DCPSC Chairman Willie L. Phillips (seated center) and Pepco President Donna Cooper (seated left), and Peter Rankin, Associate State Director for AARP DC (seated right) served as the moderator.

“We’re excited to work with AARP DC to raise awareness and educate customers about utility scams which cost the average consumer $500. We want utility consumers to know the red flags of a scam and where to turn for help — the Commission is one of those resources,” said Phillips.

The DCPSC “Fight Utility Scams” website provides utility consumers with information, videos and resources on how to avoid utility scams over the phone, online or in-person. The AARP Fraud Watch Network and helpline — (877) 908-3360 — also works to prevent utility scams through free “watchdog alerts” and a scam-tracking map.

View the virtual town hall here