FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Ruth Ruiz, (714) 765-5060 office, (714) 420-7797 mobile
CITY OF ANAHEIM ALERTS RESIDENTS OF IMPERSONATORS AND FRAUD EFFORTS
ANAHEIM, CA – (January 3, 2014) Anaheim Public Utilities and the City’s Public Works department are alerting residents about the potential for impersonators representing Anaheim employees and contractors working for the City in different scenarios.
Individuals impersonating Anaheim employees or City contractors have contacted homeowners indicating that tree maintenance in the homeowner’s backyard needs to be performed on behalf of Anaheim Public Utilities. Please note that any landscape contractor working for the City of Anaheim will have proper identification and provide it upon request. If concerned, residents are encouraged to call the Public Works information line at 714-765-6860 and the City will confirm if work is being planned for your neighborhood.
In addition, Anaheim Public Utilities customers have also recently received calls from individuals impersonating Anaheim employees requesting over-the-phone payments, or showing up at homes claiming to be Anaheim employees or City contractors to replace equipment. The impersonators are using what’s called “spoofing software,” which allows them to falsely display Anaheim Public Utilities’ name and phone number on telephone caller ID systems. These are not authorized calls or visits by Anaheim Public Utilities.
Oftentimes customers are asked to purchase a “Green Dot MoneyPak”—which can be purchased at local stores—for the dollar amount being demanded, and are then asked to make payment over the phone with the MoneyPak number. This is not a City of Anaheim practice.
As a reminder, Anaheim Public Utilities representatives will never make unsolicited calls to customers to collect utility payments, nor will staff visit residents to solicit payment. Customers can pay their utility bills by any of the following methods:
· By mail to Anaheim Public Utilities, P.O. Box 3222, Anaheim, CA 92803-3222
· In-person at Anaheim West Tower, 201 S. Anaheim Blvd., First Floor, Anaheim
· Through the authorized and automated phone system, by calling 714-765-3300
· Securely online at www.anaheim.net/utilities
To verify if a call or visitor to your home is that of a City of Anaheim employee, or if you suspect fraud, please call 714-765-3300.
For the latest on fraud updates, program information, and more, please visit www.anaheim.net/utilities and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/anaheimutilities.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.