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(224) 436-7734 is a Scam Call

Alternately: +12244367734

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Utility Company Scam

Reported Category:

Scam

User Reputation

Negative

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Last Call

February 5, 2021

Total Calls

5,566

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25 user reports for (224) 436-7734

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March 11, 2021

Foreign Language

Fake Com Ed impersonation electric/utilities "disconnection of service" or rebates/savings scam by madarchod criminals phoning from India Automated recordings from electric companies are ONLY valid if they state power outages/restorations. All recordings that say your power will be disconnected because of an unpaid bill or that you are due a rebate are SCAMS! This scam begins with a recording that is generated using text-to-speech translation software to disguise the origin of this India scam. The recording may say: "This is a disconnection notice from your electric company. Please be aware that your electric service will be disconnected within the next 30 minutes due to non-payment on the account. Immediate action is required to avoid disconnection today." These fake service suspension scams have been adjusted for hundreds of India phone scams to say either your Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, DirecTV or cable TV, Comcast, or various electric service has been or will be disconnected/suspended unless you press 1 or call back. The India scammer tells you that your bill is overdue or your account will be suspended, and they try to steal your Social Security number, credit card number, or bank account/routing number under the pretense of verifying your account information and demanding that you pay the fake past due amount. All real disconnections of electric/gas/water, phone, Internet, and television service are always preceded by personal notices sent to you by paper mail or email that detail the exact amount that is unpaid. This India scammer also runs electric savings/rebate scams that pretend to offer savings or rebate checks where the call begins with a recording that says: "This is an apology call from your electric utility. You got overcharged by your third party supplier. You will be receiving a rebate check along with a 30% discount on your electric and gas bill. Please press 1 to get a rebate check." or "Since you have not missed any electric bill payments in the last 3 months, you are eligible for 15% discount on your bill. If you need the discount on your electric bill, press 1." Again with this fake electric savings/rebate scam, the scammer tries to steal your credit card, SSN, bank account number, and personal information. About 80% of North America scam calls come from India and 15% come from the Philippines. India scammers run hundreds of fraud, extortion, and money laundering scams every day such as posing as a fake pharmacy, fake Social Security officer saying your benefits are suspended, IRS officer collecting on fake unpaid back taxes, debt collector threatening you for fake unpaid bills, fake bank/financial/FedEx/UPS/DHL scams, pretending to offer fake health insurance, car warranty, student loan forgiveness, credit card and debt consolidation services, posing as Amazon to falsely say an unauthorized purchase was made to your credit card or your Prime membership was auto-debited from your bank, posing as Microsoft/Dell/HP/Apple to say your account has been hacked or they detected a virus on your computer, fake "we are refunding your money" or "your account has been auto-debited" scams, fake Google/Alexa listing and work-from-home scams, posing as an electric utility, Verizon, AT&T, or Comcast to say your service is suspended, fake solar panel and home purchase offers, fake fundraisers asking for donations, fake phone surveys, and the scammers try to steal your credit card, bank account/routing number, Social Security number, and personal information. A India call center may rotate through a fake Social Security, subscription auto-renewal, pharmacy, and credit card offer scam within one week. Philippines scammers focus more on Medicare and SSN/identity theft. Scammers use disposable VoIP phone numbers (e.g. MagicJack devices) or they spoof fake names and numbers on Caller ID. Anyone can use telecom software to phone with a fake CID name and number. Scammers spoof thousands of fake 8xx toll-free numbers. CID is useless with scam calls unless the scam asks you to phone them back. CID area codes are never the origin of scam calls since scams use spoofed CID numbers from across the US and Canada, numbers belonging to unsuspecting people, invalid area codes, and fake foreign country CID numbers; e.g. fake women crying "help me" emergency scams often spoof Mexico and Middle East CID numbers. Scammers often spoof the actual phone numbers of businesses such as Apple, Verizon, and banks to trick you into thinking the call is valid. How can you avoid being scammed by phone calls? NEVER trust any unsolicited caller who sells something (most unsolicited calls are scams so your odds of saving money are very poor); asks for your Social Security number; offers a free gift or reward; threatens you with arrest/lawsuit or says you need to reply back soon (pressure tactic); asks you to access a website, download a file, wire transfer money or buy prepaid debit/gift cards; claims suspicious activity on your account; says your subscription is being refunded or auto-renewed/auto-debited; and all pre-recorded messages. Recordings are far more likely to be malicious scams and not just telemarketer spam. All unsolicited callers with foreign accents, usually Indian or Filipino, are mostly scams. Filipino scammers tend to speak better English than Indian scammers. Filipinos speak English with a subtle accent having a slight trill. Scams often say that you inquired about a job, insurance, social security benefits, or that you previously contacted them or visited their website. A common India phone scam uses a fake Amazon recording about a purchase of an iPhone, but Amazon never robo-dials and Amazon account updates are emailed. Many banks use automated fraud alert calls to confirm a suspicious purchase, but always verify the number that the recording tells you to phone or just call the number printed on your credit card. Some scams ask for your credit card for purchase of their fake product or service. The scammer calls you back one day later to say their credit card machine is broken, so you must wire transfer the payment to them. After you have wired the money to them, they still overcharge your credit card after they change phone numbers, so they rob you twice before disappearing. Wire transfers and prepaid debit cards laundered through foreign bank accounts are untraceable. Scammers try to gain your trust by saying your name when they call, but their autodialer automatically displays your name or says your name in a recording when your number is dialed using phone databases that list millions of names and addresses. Scammers often call using an initial recording speaking English, Spanish, or Chinese that is easily generated using text-to-speech translation software to disguise the origin of their India phone room. Some speech synthesis software sound robotic, but others sound natural. To hide their foreign accents, some India scammers use non-Indians in their phone room. Scammers often use interactive voice response (IVR) robotic software that combines voice recognition with artificial intelligence, speaks English with American voices, and responds based on your replies. IVR calls begin with: "Hi, this is fake_name, I am a fake_job_title on a recorded line, can you hear me okay?"; or "Hi, this is fake_name, how are you doing today?"; or "Hello? (pause) Are you there?"; or "Hi, may I speak to your_name?" IVR quickly asks you a short question to elicit a yes/no reply so it hangs up if it encounters voicemail. IVR robots understand basic replies and yes/no answers. To test for IVR, ask "How is the weather over there?" since IVR cannot answer complex questions and it keeps talking if you interrupt it in mid-sentence. IVR usually transfers you to the scammer, but some scams entirely use IVR with the robot asking for your credit card or SSN. A common myth is IVR calls record you saying "yes" so scammers can authorize purchases just using your "yes" voice, but scammers need more than just a recorded "yes" from you - credit cards and SSN. Phone/email scams share two common traits: the CID name/number and the "From:" header on emails are easily faked, and the intent of scam calls is malicious just as file attachments and website links on scam emails are harmful. Scams snowball for many victims. If your personal/financial data are stolen, either by being scammed, visiting a malicious website, or by a previous data breach of a business server that stores your data, then your data gets sold by scammers on the dark web who will see you as fresh meat and prey on you even more. This is why some receive 40+ scam calls everyday while others get 0 to 2 calls per day. If you provide your personal information to a phone scammer, lured by fake 80%-discounted drugs or scared by fake IRS officers, you receive even more phone scams and identity theft can take years to repair. Most unsolicited calls are scams, often with an Indian accent. No other country is infested with pandemics of phone room sweatshops filled with criminals who belong to the lowest India caste and many are thieves and rapists who were serving jail time but released early due to prison overcrowding. Scammers often shout profanities at you. Just laugh at their abusive language. Google "Hindi swear words" and memorize some favorites, e.g. call him "Rundi Ka Bacha" (son of whore) or call her "Rundi Ki Bachi" (daughter of whore). Scammers ignore the National Do-Not-Call Registry; asking scammers to stop calling is useless. You do these scammers a favor by quickly hanging up. But you ruin their scams when you slowly drag them along on the phone call, give them fake personal and credit card data (16 random digits starting with 4 for Visa, 5 for MasterCard), ask them to speak louder and repeat what they said to waste their time and energy.

Wary Consumer

January 21, 2021

Caller Name: Supposedly from Com Ed (electric utility in Chicago area)

I get these calls nearly every day (M-F), sometimes 3 times per day. They want your account number. I ask why; don't they already have it? Oh, they want to "verify" the number. Sometimes they know your name, sometimes not. I ask why they don't just apply the refund; they say they need to "verify" info first. Yeah, right. I ask what would happen if I were never home, or I were deaf; how would they reach me? Callers ALWAYS have Indian accents, but give "American" names like "Sam Brown." I say, "Oh, it doesn't say 'Sam Brown' on caller ID; it says 'Bane Chowd' " which often throws them, as this means "sister f***er" in Hindi. Once a woman called herself "Kim Lewis." I said, "There are people in India named Kim Lewis?" She hung up immediately. Anyway, I try to keep them on the line as long as possible, so they can't make as many calls and scam as many people. Sometimes I say that I can't provide my bill because I get billed online and my internet is down, or that I've thrown away my (paper) bill. No, you can't do anything to prevent these calls, as they are from overseas and thus don't care about "do not call" laws in the U.S. Either hang up on them or try to keep them on the line to prevent them from calling more people.

crush the illigit utility scammers wuth indian accents!!!!!!

January 15, 2021

I've been getting "apology" calls from an unknown entity offering me an apology for over charging me on ALL of my utility bills!! REALLY??!! Yeah, really. I recently had fun with one dude who's weak attempt at speaking English was laughable. The interesting thing is that so far EVERY CALLER has had a thick Indian/Hindi accent. I told the guy that I was an exec. for a major power supplier and that we were investigating fraud cases. The call went dead. Don't fall for thier crap!!

lee

August 7, 2020

Telemarketer
Caller Name: Milpitas CA caller ID; caller claimed to be from Bolt Energy

Caller had it seemed an Indian accent. Claimed I was overcharged by a third party gas supplier. I asked him what my gas supplier was called. Couldn't answer. Asked him who he represented. He said Bolt Energy. (Checked - this is a legitimate gas supplier.) Asked him what I was overcharged. He said $50. Asked him how he knew the amount. He disconnected.

April 12, 2020

Scam

I've gotten these calls 3 times now. They have my name and address but cannot tell me my account number and they have my provider wrong. It's fun wasting their time and getting them irritated to the point they hang up! LOL

December 28, 2019

Scam

Robo call, says I was overcharged by my utility company. Press 1 to get my rebate. I block the number each time and they continue to call from other numbers

December 13, 2019

Scam
Caller Name: Indian guy

In their very thick Indian accent, they said they work for ComEd. I asked who my 3rd party supplier was that overcharged me. They said Bolt Energy. I told them they are a fraud, and I was going to report them.

JEM

December 11, 2019

Computer Security Scam

How can I stop these calls? I keep getting calls from a fake utility company saying they have overcharged me. Hit number one for a refund. I ask to get off the list and they hang up?

November 13, 2019

They want your account info so they can spam you. Next bill will be from them at a much higher rate than you are paying now

gg

November 12, 2019

Scam
Caller Name: Someone claiming to offer a rebate

The call started as a robocall saying that it was an apology call, saying we were overcharged on our gas and electric bill and that we were getting a 30% rebate. The only option was to hit '1' to speak with someone, and this person came on with a very thick foreign accent. I asked him what the name of my electric company was and he said "Direct Energy", which right away told me it was a scam. I have asked them repeatedly to take me off their calling list, and I even threatened to report them the next time they called me, and the guy said to me 'you can go ahead and report me'. It wasn't from this 224 number though, it had another area code, but it was obvious that they were not even in this country

Sysprog

September 27, 2019

Scam
Caller Name: allegedly Com Ed

Another complained about getting called 3 times a week - they're lucky, I get called up to 8 times per day! Keep changing the number so cannot block.

September 6, 2019

Received scam call from Com Ed hung before I gave any info!!!

DougC

September 4, 2019

I'm getting calls from these idiots EVERY DAY .... I am on the DNC list but clearly it makes NO DIFFERENCE. I too occasionally press "9" to speak with someone to say "STOP CALLING" and was told "I am just an agent and can't stop these calls" or a quick hangup. I have to assume the FCC knows about these fraudsters!!

Kristie

August 27, 2019

Scam
Caller Name: "This is an Apology call from ComEd"

I'm getting three calls a week from these bozos. I block one number and they call from another. In the last two calls I have going through their system to talk to a real person and demand to be removed from their list. They hung up. They've called back since. What can I do now?

user

July 16, 2019

Scam

Pretending robocall as Comed electricity company! Scam! Block them instantly!!

June 14, 2019

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Scam

Fake Comed utility

June 3, 2019

block

Definitely a spam call. Took a few seconds for the call to kick in once RoboKiller said “hello”.

June 2, 2019

Scam

Com Ed rebate scam

June 1, 2019

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Telemarketer

Utility Company rebate check

May 30, 2019

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Scam

Electrical provider saying we’ve been overcharged and are due a credit. Press one to receive your credit.

May 27, 2019

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Scam

Utility Bill Scam

May 25, 2019

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Caller provides name no further identifying information.

May 21, 2019

Scam

Utilities scam

May 20, 2019

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Debt Collector

Overpaid on my electric bill.

May 17, 2019

Scam

Utilities offered a refund if I press “1”. Started with, “this is an apology call...” Utilities don’t apologize, they just credit you.

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