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  • Reported By: J — Torrance California United States
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Southern California Edison SCE S C E Extortion of security deposit by SCE for false pretense of "establishing Credit" years after the accounts has been established  California

*Consumer Comment: Except...

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On November 30th I was hit with $61,000 "Request for deposit to establish credit"

What is your understanding of establishing a credit. Usually the utility company pulls credit when a property  is purchased to determine the deposit. 

I am an owner of 5 office buildings in Irvine, Rancho Palos Verdes and Torrance. 

These buildings were purchased back 2 to 5 years ago! We have been paying our bills from $10,000 + per month per building. We have always paid our bills except a few extensions that we asked S C E. 

All of the sudden I get this $60,000 invoice that if I don't pay it in 10 days, they will shut the electricity for 175 businesses!!!

Mind you again, we are fully paid.

I contacted their offices "Mr. Paul Garcia" and he said he is the one that made the decision. I told him, go ahead and shut everything up, I dare you !!!!

This is an extortion. 

I have sent to the mayors of those cities and public utility commission multiple emails. 

If you get hit with high security deposit from S C E, don't just pay it...fight it 

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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Robert - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Oh yes the dredded "except"

We have always paid our bills except a few extensions that we asked S C E.

To the average homeowner, sure 61K sounds like a lot and I am sure you led off with it for the shock factor. But when you say you have 5 buildings and pay 10K+/per building per month that deposit amount really on equates to what is about a months charges and generally would not be considered that unreasonable. The regulations actually allow deposit amounts up to 2 times the normal monthly bills.

Your contention is of course that you shouldn't have to pay a deposit. But that is where the "except" and what appears to be a very selective terminology comes in.

If they have a reasonable concern that you will fail to pay future bills, a deposit could be seen as warranted. This could be a big factor if for example you have had to have a couple of extentions in the last few months, as they generally look at the previous 12 months of "ON-TIME" payment history.

Now, as the owner of 5 buildings, one would figure(hope) you have an attorney. If so what did they say?  Why is the only thing you doing to "complain" is to send a few emails and write a RipOff report?

Good luck in "fighting it" and of course that is what you should do if you don't agree. But you may have to think about what happens if the CPUC doesn't see it your way.


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