The holidays are a time for giving, but many criminals are lurking for the opportunity to steal instead. This is why it’s important that you stay alert and learn how to spot a scam, especially when it comes to your electricity service.

Grinchy scammers may try claiming to be an AEP Ohio representative and approach you via phone, email or even at your front door. Here are some key ways to protect yourself and loved ones from scams:

  • If you’re told your account is past due, check your account status online.
  • AEP Ohio employees are always willing to show their company IDs—just ask.
  • If you’re ever unsure about someone’s identity, give us a call.

Holiday hackers often target those who are most vulnerable, including senior citizens, low-income residents and small business owners. Have a conversation with your older loved ones about the importance of recognizing scams and share these tips so that they don’t put their financial safety at risk.

If you think you are being targeted by a scammer this holiday season, end the conversation immediately and call AEP Ohio at (800) 672-2231. For more information on recognizing and reporting scams, visit

8 responses to “Fight Fraud by Learning to Spot the Scam

  1. I often check the spelling and/or wording in messages. I’m a stickler in English language and letter formats.
    More often than not, there are many telltale signs.
    I also know most reputable companies and/or organizations do not notify you via internet and will use postal services.
    Be very careful with everything sent over the interned. Very often it’s a scammer trying to access your finances!

  2. The scam I have been getting is, you get a message in answer to a comment you left on a youtube podcast, to contact them on telegram that you won a contest, you are then shown a picture of a laptop that you have won ,all you need to do is pay the shipping.

  3. ,Thank you!. Even those who thought they were aware can be scammed as the scammers have gotten more & more polished. Beware clicking on any link in an email, even if it looks legit & seems to come from the company.

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