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Authorities warn residents to be wary of SoCalGas impostors

City News Service | 5/29/2013, 7:59 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Authorities today warned Southlanders to be wary of people posing as Southern California Gas Co. employees to get into a customer's home.

"SoCalGas wants to assure customers that employees who perform in-home appliance services, work on gas meters, or service natural gas pipelines wear uniforms and carry official photo identification while on the job," Javier Mendoza of the Gas Co. said.

People were urged to verify the uniform and proper identification of utility workers before letting anyone into their home or onto their property.

SoCalGas workers who perform in-home appliance services, work on gas meters or work on gas pipelines wear uniforms. However, some other employees do not.

Most authorized SoCalGas field service employees will be in uniform with a SoCalGas company logo, carry an official employee badge with a photo and, most of the time, drive a company car bearing the SoCalGas logo.

Most SoCalGas employee visits are in response to a service request. If no one scheduled an appointment, call SoCalGas before allowing anyone into the home.

To verify the identity of anyone claiming to be a representative of SoCalGas during normal business hours, customers can call SoCalGas at (800) 427-2200. Spanish speakers can call (800) 342-4545.

Visit socalgas.com/safety for more information on staying safe.