Scam Alert

Learn about some of the most common scams targeting utility customers.

To help you avoid being the victim of fraudulent activities, we've provided information on the most common scams targeting utility customers below. If you need help paying your bills, please visit our customer assistance webpage.
If you believe that you have been contacted by someone impersonating an electric, natural gas, or water company representative:
  • Hang up the phone, or close the door, and call your utility company. 
  • Delete all suspicious emails, texts or instant messages that offer “payment programs” for utilities or require immediate action to verify personal or banking information.
  • Ignore suspicious requests for personal information such as bank account numbers, user names and passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers.
  • Do not give the caller or visitor ANY form of a prepaid card, such as a Green Dot card, a wire transfer, gift cards for stores, cards for online services like Apple iTunes, or any other form of payment that may be difficult for law enforcement officials to trace. 
  • Contact your local police through the non-emergency telephone number, your state attorney general’s office through its toll-free number, and/or contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), ftccomplaintassistant.gov
  • Remember, you can always check the status of your SoCalGas account or pay your latest bill by logging on to My Account .

Common Scams

Calls that appear to be coming from SoCalGas, or “Spoofing”

What is caller ID spoofing? Caller ID spoofing is a practice in which a caller, using special phone equipment and technology, deliberately falsifies information to mask the true origin of the call. The call appears to be from SoCalGas or a trusted customer partner, when in reality the caller has no association with SoCalGas. From there, the caller may try to sell you products, collect personal information or say a payment is due on your gas bill when it’s not. 

Tips to Protect You From a Spoofing Call

  • SoCalGas will never ask for credit card information over the phone.
  • Never provide your gas bill to anyone you don’t know.
  • Never provide your My Account login credentials.

Signs of a Spoofing Call

  • Calls are made multiple times per day.
  • Customers are asked about their gas usage or meter information.
  • Caller provides recommendations for purchasing alternative energy sources.
  • Customers are asked to provide their Social Security number or other personal information.

Recognizing SoCalGas® Employees and Impostors

We encourage you to be vigilant and question anyone who presents themselves as a representative of SoCalGas.
 
  • All SoCalGas employees on company business are required to carry a SoCalGas photo ID badge.
  • SoCalGas workers who perform in-home appliance services, work on gas meters or work on gas pipelines wear uniforms. However, some employees do not. Always ask for identification before letting someone inside your home.
  • The majority of our authorized employees will always be in a uniform with our company logo, carry an official employee badge, and drive a company car.
  • Contractors certified to represent the Energy Savings Assistance Program must present a valid authorized contractor photo ID badge.  To learn more go to the “Recognizing Your Authorized Contractor “Recognizing Your Authorized Contractor" section on this page.
  • Most of the time we visit your home in response to a service request. If no one scheduled an appointment, call us before allowing anyone inside your home.
  • To verify the authenticity of anyone claiming to be a representative of SoCalGas, ask for proper identification or call headquarters at 1-800-427-2200 (or 1-800-342-4545 in Spanish).
  • Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.