Progress Energy Warns Of Scams

Progress Energy says some of its customers are reporting suspicious phone calls, and they're getting complaints more frequently.

Progress Energy says customers are getting calls from people who claim they work for Progress Energy or another power company. The caller says your electricity is about to be disconnected for lack of payment. You can keep the lights on, the caller says, by providing credit card information. Progress Energy says the almost never call and ask for your credit card information.

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  • by B Location: nc on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    I thought Progress Energy was the scam.
  • by Dear Mr. Lineman Location: Greenville, NC on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Thank You.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    "To Neo", get a life yourself...and a name. I don't care what you are called. Don't make me puke with your sad stories about risk and long hours. There are people who are in more danger, work harder, work longer hours and make less money. What you failed to mention was the fact that when you are working that 100 hour week, getting in about 40 to 50 hours of productivity, you are making double time. Thirty-plus dollars an hour, doubled for 60 hrs plus the normal $30-plus for the first 40 and it's a nice haul for a week. Approximately five grand. I wonder if soldiers who put their lives on the line so you can fleece the public ever get paid 5 grand in a week? NO THEY DON'T. I know because I was one of them for many years. Getting shot at is a bit more risky than climbing a power pole. I know of many soldiers who have paid the ultimate price over the past few years, I haven't heard about one pole climber getting hurt unless it happened while playing with his toys.
  • by Frustrated Location: Grifton, NC on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    TO NEO: maybe you should try doing a little research on the salaries and hourly incomes instead of jumping to conclusions.
  • by To Neo Location: NC on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    The average employee you are talking about are called linemen. We are the people who risk our lives each day so people like you can consume and waste electricity and whine that its someone elses fault. After a storm, we work 100 plus hours a week to restore power and its people like you that throw beer bottles at us because we slow you down for a minute while working in the road. Do you say thanks? No. you want us to risk our lives for even less pay than we get as if you will stop complaining about it. BTW I make 50k a year and yes I think I am underpaid for the risk I take. Have you EVER risked your life so someone you have never met can benefit from it? Someone who will complain? You want another handout. Free electricity WILL NOT stop your complaints. That is your sad reality. After 30 years of this type of work, the number of people who have told me thank you is smaller than people want to admit. To those who read this and do not fit it, I apologize. To people like neo, get a life.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Oct 8, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    The biggest scam of all is the bloated salaries from top to bottom with the power companies while they cry for huge rate increases. I know guys who are just average power company employees who climb poles and they make almost a hundred thousand dollars a year. God only knows what the supervisors and executives are making. Yet they want more, more, more. The state needs to say no to any rate increases until salaries for average workers is below $50,000 per year. You guys are NOT entitled to a vacation condo, boat, pool, 3 $40,000 plus automobiles, etc. Bring your expectations back to reality.
  • by Obama's Fund Raising? on Oct 8, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    It's Obama's Fault!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    Progress Energy says they "almost never" call and ask for your credit card information? They should "NEVER" call and ask for your credit card information whether the utility bill has been paid or not!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    Now you know how the DNC does fund raisers!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    First of all, what kind of an idiot doesn't know if they've paid their bill or not and can't go check their paperwork to verify it? They do send notices before a disconnect event. Most places do check by phone anyway or they have a website on which to pay your bills. It's also really rare for any service to actually call you on the phone to warn you of an impending termination.

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