Enugu Electric urges banks, others to verify, confirm authenticity of electricity bills

Posted by Charles Iwuoha, Enugu | 18 October 2017 | 1,155 times

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has cautioned banks and related institutions where its electricity bills are used as proof of address to ensure that they confirm these documents with the company.

In a statement in Enugu on Tuesday, the Head, Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh said that the electricity company was concerned about the increasing report of some fraudulent individuals forging its electricity bill for account opening purpose.

According to him, EEDC would therefore not be liable if any criminal or fraudulent activity was perpetrated with any forged electricity bill.

He said that there had been situations where staff of EEDC (marketers) whose names and phone numbers appeared on EEDC electricity bills for ease of customer engagement, were embarrassed and detained by the Police during investigation on fraud cases over a forged bill.

“We just recorded three such cases in Aba, and there is every possibility that this is also happening unnoticed at other locations within our franchise area.

“To check this growing negative trend, we appeal to banks to be cautious and ensure they carry out extensive check and verification of any EEDC electricity bill tendered for account opening purpose as proof of address,” he said.

As part of the initiatives geared towards ensuring enjoyable customer experience, EEDC recently modified its electricity bill to wear a new look from September.

The additional features in the A5-sized electricity bill include a summary of previous balance, last payment made by the customer and a barcode which is a security feature.

Source: News Express

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