Protecting yourself from scams and fraud
Fraudsters, scammers or companies using high-pressure tactics will sometimes contact you by pretending to be an employee or representative of FortisBC. From suspicious phone calls, texts and phishing emails to social media posts, or even people knocking on your door, we want you to be aware of the types of fraud or scams out there and what you can do to protect yourself and your personal information.
Email, text, social media and phone scams
Fraudsters and scammers may mimic legitimate FortisBC emails to:
- make customers open an email
- click a link or attachment
- make a payment or give away personal information via phone or email
Some scammers send spam emails or texts disguised as FortisBC with spoofed email addresses, logos, trademarks, website links and wording to add to the deception.
Scammers may also contact you via text or email claiming to be FortisBC, issuing a refund and needing your banking information. If you click on the link you’ll be taken to pages that mimic direct deposit pages, asking you to select your bank and give your account details.
They may also attempt to contact you by phone, claiming that your account payment is overdue or that your service will be disconnected. They may use high-pressure tactics and claim that immediate payment is required through digital currency (e.g. Bitcoin) or by prepaid credit card.
What you can do to protect yourself
If you receive an email or text that appears to be from FortisBC that you’re unsure about, do not:
- click on the links
- open attachments
- download pictures
- respond to the email/text, or forward it
Instead, contact us and we’ll confirm whether the email/text was from us or not.
If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from FortisBC, the best thing to do is hang up and contact us to confirm if the call was valid.
What you can expect from FortisBC digital communications
If you receive a valid email from FortisBC, it will be in response to a request or inquiry you’ve already made with us that requires one of our customer service representatives to contact you. We don’t send unsolicited text or SMS messages
to customers or post fraudulent information on social media. If we’re issuing you a refund, it will be through a credit on your account, or a cheque that is mailed to you.
FortisBC will never ask you for your:
- social insurance number
- driver’s licence number
- financial information by email or text
- payment through digital currency or prepaid credit card
FortisBC does not solicit door-to-door. From time-to-time, a FortisBC representative could come to your door if there is an issue with reading or accessing your meter, a gas disruption or emergency, or to notify you of construction work in your area. We are there to provide information or assistance only, not to come into your home to upgrade or sell you appliances.
Unannounced salespeople at your door
From time to time, salespeople from other companies may come to your door unannounced and use the FortisBC name to establish a point of trust with you. Using high-pressure sales tactics, they may ask to see your furnace, other appliances or your FortisBC bill. These visits can happen just before heating and cooling season – so before spring and in the fall. We encourage you to contact us if you are concerned or suspicious of the unannounced salesperson.
What you can expect from a FortisBC visit
If you're not expecting a visit from a FortisBC representative and a person knocks on your door claiming to be with FortisBC, ask to see their ID and contact us.
Note: FortisBC representatives will always carry valid identification.
We will never visit your home or business asking to see your furnace, other appliances, your bill or offer any types of services or products. We also don’t perform unscheduled inspections on home or business equipment. The only times we may come to your door is when there’s a natural gas disruption/outage or emergency.
Your security and privacy
Your security and privacy are very important to us. If you receive a suspicious visit, email or sales call, contact us immediately at 1-888-224-2710 or email [email protected].