TEP Warns Customers of Ongoing Surge in Suspicious Calls and Text Messages

Sep 2, 2018
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Welcome to Barrett Propane Prescott, your trusted source for reliable propane services and safety information. In this article, we will be discussing the ongoing surge in suspicious calls and text messages reported by Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers.

Protecting Yourself from Scams

As technology advances, scammers find new ways to target unsuspecting individuals. It is crucial to stay vigilant and informed to protect yourself from falling victim to fraudulent activities. TEP has recently issued a warning about a surge in suspicious calls and text messages, and here's what you need to know:

Recognizing Suspicious Calls and Text Messages

Scammers often use various tactics to deceive their targets. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of a suspicious call or text message. Here are some common indicators:

  • Caller ID displays an unfamiliar or blocked number.
  • The caller claims to be from TEP but asks for personal information such as social security numbers or credit card details.
  • Text messages contain links to unfamiliar websites or request immediate responses.
  • The caller uses aggressive or threatening language to coerce you into taking immediate action.

Tips for Protecting Yourself

To protect yourself from scams, consider the following tips:

  1. Never share personal information, such as social security numbers or credit card details, over the phone or via text message unless you initiated the contact and are certain of the recipient's legitimacy.
  2. Be cautious when providing any information to unsolicited callers or unknown individuals.
  3. If you receive a suspicious call or text message, hang up immediately or delete the message.
  4. Contact TEP directly using a verified phone number to report the scam or verify the legitimacy of any communication you received.
  5. Regularly review your financial statements and credit reports to identify any unauthorized activity.

What to Do if You've Been Scammed

If you believe you have fallen victim to a scam, it is crucial to take immediate action:

  1. Contact your financial institution to report any unauthorized transactions and block further access to your accounts.
  2. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ftc.gov/complaint.
  3. Consider placing a fraud alert or freezing your credit to prevent further unauthorized activities.
  4. Keep records of all communication with scammers, including phone numbers, emails, or text messages.
  5. Stay informed about the latest scams and share the information with friends and family to raise awareness.


Protecting yourself from scams and fraud is an ongoing effort. By staying informed and following the necessary precautions, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to suspicious calls and text messages. Remember, Barrett Propane Prescott is always here to provide you with reliable information and superior services. Stay safe!

John Halper
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