Stop scammers by knowing their game
By phone, online, email and in-person, scammers are getting creative. In recent years, scammers have expanded their schemes into digital spaces like social media. It’s up to all of us to be vigilant to keep our personal and financial information safe.
Nicor Gas and the entire Southern Company Gas family of companies have joined 130 U.S. and Canadian energy companies to expose scams, red flags and how customers can protect themselves.
Nicor Gas strongly encourages customers to be skeptical if anyone:
Nicor Gas will never use aggressive or intimidating tactics to pressure them into making a payment toward their natural gas bill.
By phone: When a customer service representative contacts a customer by phone regarding the status of their account or to discuss payment, they will identify themselves as a Nicor Gas employee. To verify legitimacy, customers can request that the representative confirm information about their account that only they and the company would know, for example:
By email: We will never ask for account or credit card information in an email. Customers can safely access and make changes to their account information and payment methods using our My Account online portal.
Customers who suspect or experience fraud should contact local authorities, then call the customer care center phone number listed on their billing statement. And, customers who want to confirm that a Nicor Gas representative is scheduled to perform work at their premise should contact our customer care center at 888.Nicor4U (642.6748)
In addition, whenever a field service representative or one of our contractors visits a customer’s home or business, they will provide Nicor Gas identification. And, as an additional safety measure to protect our customers, anyone who signs up to receive our Keep Me Informed appointment status text messages can access a photo of the technician assigned to perform work at their property.
We care about the safety and security of our employees and customers, which is why in 2018 our field employees began wearing company uniforms branded with our company name and logo.
Wearing a uniform allows customers to easily identify our employees as they work to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas. In addition to navy work pants, field employees wear a variety of beige shirts, navy jackets and hats, all with the Nicor Gas logo. Even our neon yellow safety vests feature our name and logo.
Our employees will always provide Nicor Gas identification as well. If you’re concerned about work being done at your home or business, contact customer care at 888.Nicor4U (642.6748).
Fill out the ID Theft Affidavit and submit via fax to 630.388.3863 or via US Mail to PO Box 190, Aurora, IL 60507. When you send the affidavit via US Mail, attach copies (NOT originals) of any supporting documents (for example, driver’s license or police report). Before submitting your affidavit, review the disputed account(s) with family members or friends who may have information about the account(s) or access to them.