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Tampa Electric warns customers about payment scam

Scammers targeting utility customers claim President Obama will pay utility bills

TAMPA, July 3, 2012

Tampa Electric is alerting customers to a fraudulent claim that President Obama will pay customers’ utility bills. The company has received several reports of customers being contacted by an individual claiming to be a Tampa Electric/TECO Energy employee. The individual informs the customer of bill payment assistance or credits from President Obama, and requests payment information. The scam is affecting utility customers across the country, and is being spread through social media channels.

All Tampa Electric employees and contractors doing utility work are required to carry photo identification cards. If someone claiming to be a utility representative visits your home or business, request to see their badge or please call the company to verify their identity.

Tampa Electric will never ask for credit card, debit card or checking account information. If you are uncertain about an individual’s association with Tampa Electric, please contact Tampa Electric Customer Care at 813-223-0800 in Hillsborough County, 863-299-0800 in Polk County, and 1-888-223-0800 for all other counties.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com Email Icon