Don't fall for it.
"If someone asks for your credit card number over the phone, don't give it to them," City Light Customer Service Director Kelly Enright said in a statement. "We do not call our customers demanding immediate payment to avoid a shutoff for one late payment."
If you are behind on your City Light bill, according to today's statement, the utility will send two written warnings to you requesting that you make a payment. If City Light does call you, they will never ask for a credit card number over the phone.
As a general rule, never give out your credit card, banking or personal information to anyone that calls or sends you an e-mail. Always verify that the person you are talking to is who they say they are by contacting the company or organization via their published telephone number or e-mail address.
Read the full Seattle City Light press release here.