This in via e-mail from Columbia Gas of Ohio:
Columbia Gas of Ohio Warns Against Impostors
Recently there have been reports of burglaries in Toledo by individuals posing as representatives of Columbia Gas of Ohio. The company encourages its customers to protect themselves from individuals impersonating company employees or contractors. To avoid becoming a victim, Columbia offers these suggestions:
-Before you allow a stranger to enter your home, ask to see identification.
-All Columbia employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their name, photograph and identification number and will be happy to show it.
-If you are not sure about an employee’s identification, or to verify work to be done in or around your home, call Columbia’s emergency response telephone number at 800-344-4077. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
-Columbia employees understand if customers call to verify their identity. They will not make you feel pressured to let them into your home.
-Most Columbia employees drive clearly marked vehicles that are easy to identify.
-Do not allow entry into your home to people who claim to offer a Columbia refund. Columbia employees never deliver cash refunds or “rebates” to customers’ homes. All account transactions are handled through the mail or at a Columbia Gas customer office.
-Report Suspicious Activity to the Police. If a person claiming to be a Columbia employee does not have proper identification, call the police and then call Columbia at 800-344-4077. Be prepared to give a detailed description of the individual and their vehicle.
About Columbia Gas of Ohio
Columbia Gas of Ohio, with headquarters in Columbus, is one of the nine energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). Serving approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties, it is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve approximately 3.8 million gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about Columbia Gas of Ohio is available at: ColumbiaGasOhio.com.