Bogus Electra workers levy fines and cut off electricity in Praia 22 March 2012
A number of individuals identifying themselves as employees of water and electricity utility Electra are visiting customers’ homes, threatening to cut off their energy supply and providing false information about supposed debts owed to the company. The phony workers, according to Electra, also “levy fines” and collect bill payments, jeopardizing the company’s image.
This is a situation that, according to information obtained from sources at Electra, also takes place in other parts of the country. In order to prevent against such practices, the company is calling on users to demand Identity Cards and professional identification from anyone claiming to be an Electra employee.
If the individuals in question fail to produce these documents, Electra asks customers not to allow them into their homes. Electra has also explained that payments for any services may only be made at authorized Electra posts and always result in the issuance of a receipt.