Utility Scammers

Consumer Alert

OPC Warns of Active Third Party Supplier Scam

Utility Scammers May Be in Your Neighborhood
OPC Offers Tips on Dealing with Energy Suppliers

May 18, 2022

The Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) is investigating reports that a Third Party (energy) Supplier (TPS) is deceptively switching consumers’ utility accounts to its company rolls without their consent. One resident tells OPC they were visited by a person who said they were from STAY DC, offering payment assistance for utility bills. Reportedly, the visitor had a badge with his picture and STAY DC on it.

STAY DC was the pandemic relief program that provided rental and utility bill assistance. But the District stopped taking applications in October 2021. Unfortunately, the consumer allowed the seller to see their utility bill only to learn later that their gas and electric accounts were switched to the TPS without their knowledge.

TPS companies may legally sell electric and natural gas services in the District. Often these companies hire independent contractors to go door to door to sign up new customers, however, they must follow certain rules. The rules can be found in OPC’s Consumer’s Guide to Third Party Suppliers on opc-dc.gov

Here are some tips for dealing with any energy supplier that shows up or calls.

Ask the representative to provide a photo ID. The ID MUST display a company logo.

Unless there is a public safety emergency, utility companies rarely visit your home or stop you on the street.

NEVER give out personal or account information such as your social security number, utility account number or credit card number.

If threatened with disconnection if you do not make a payment, check the balance on your latest bill and call the customer service number listed to verify your service status. Utilities will notify you multiple times in advance if you are about to be disconnected.

NEVER agree to make a payment using a pre-paid debit at a convenience store.

DO NOT be pressured to sign up for a limited time or promotional offer.

Ask for any offer in writing.

BEFORE switching to a TPS, take the time to carefully review the details of a contract before signing. Consider whether your household will save energy and money on utility bills with a TPS.

About Third Party Suppliers

Third Party Suppliers are authorized by the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) to sell alternative energy resources such as energy generated by solar, wind, or water. Their prices are not regulated by the PSC and may be higher than Pepco or Washington Gas rates. The energy is still delivered through the local utilities, and you would contact them for service issues.

How do you know if you are enrolled with a TPS?

Listed on your Pepco bill are Electricity Supplier Charges and on your Washington Gas bill are Gas Supplier Charges. If you see a company’s name other than Pepco or Washington Gas listed as the supplier, then you may be enrolled with a TPS company.

Marketing materials must clearly show a PSC license number. If no number is shown, the company might not be authorized to operate in the District.

If you are concerned about questionable tactics by an energy supplier or suspect you have been scammed, call OPC at (202) 727-3071 and we will investigate. You also can file a complaint on this link.


Additional resources and help may be found at opc-dc.gov.

Contact OPC @ (202) 727-3071

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DPR to Open Registration for Summer Programs on Monday, May 16

DPR to Open Registration for Summer Programs on Monday, May 16

(Washington, DC) – The Bowser administration and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced registration for DPR 2022 Summer Programs will open on Monday, May 16, at 12 Noon.

“Through Mayor Bowser’s leadership and investments in DPR, we are able to continue to expand our program offerings this summer for DC residents,” Said DPR Director Delano Hunter. “Whatever your fitness level, age, or interest, you are sure to find something to interest in our DPR programs.”

This summer will mark the return of the DC Summer Swim League, a recreation swim league that operates at 13 indoor and outdoor pools across DC and is available for residents ages 6-16.

Starting May 16, residents will also be able to register for aquatics, cultural arts, sports, fitness, and senior programming. In addition to all the classic programs and sports, DPR invites residents to explore aquatics programs such as aqua kickboxing or HydroSpin. Seniors will have an opportunity to sign up for jewelry making, line dancing, or water aerobics. For teens, check out Makeup 101 or join a kickball team at one of six recreation centers across the city.

Residents are encouraged to create an account online with DPR’s registration system in advance to save time once program registration opens. Create an account here: dpr.dc.gov/DPRaccount.

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Mount Sinai Baptist Church Community Outreach for Families in Need – Sat May 21st 11am

Mount Sinai Baptist Church Community Outreach for Families in Need – Sat May 21st 11am

Mount Sinai Baptist Church members are MAKING AN IMPACT FOR GOD by serving our COMMUNITY with an OUTREACH GIVE-AWAY for FAMILIES IN NEED. We will give away clothing items, books, a bag of groceries, and much more. The Give-Away will occur in the Parking Lot at 1646 Third Street NW. Our goal is to feed and clothe 100 families on Saturday, May 21st at 11:00 AM. Please feel free to share the attached flyers and Grocery Plus application for Seniors and join us as we serve our community.

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Paula Stevens-Lassiter
Admin. Assistant
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
1615 Third Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Tuition Assistance Program For Low and Moderate DC Residents

Tuition Assistance Program For Low and Moderate DC Residents

DC Futures. DC Futures gives low-to-moderate income DC residents the opportunity to apply for up to $8,000 to either start or complete their first associate or bachelor’s degree. In addition to tuition assistance, the program also provides a $1,500 stipend for books, travel, and other expenses as well as provide academic support and counseling.

Please visit https://osse.dc.gov/dcfutures to learn more.

Be sure to search the entire discussion to understand the program.

Students can attend one of three DC schools: Catholic University of America, Trinity College, University of DC and University of DC junior college.

We have included the income limit charts below. Note that participation in the program is not limited to high school students. However, family income of parents only extends to students up to 24 years old. Adults 24 years old and older family income will be based on their own.

Income limits are below

Income limits are stated below: Your household income aligns with the table below. For families/households with more than eight persons, add $18,160 for each additional person. Please reference the checklist on page 6 of the handbook to understand the documents you will need to provide in order to demonstrate your eligibility.

Household Size Maximum Household Income
3 or fewer $100,000
4 $106,000
5 $124,160
6 $142,160
7 $160,480
8 $178,640

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MPCA Zoom Meeting TUE 3 May 22

Ralph Bucksell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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AmeriCorps Job Opportunities Available for DC Residents

AmeriCorps Job Opportunities Available for DC Residents

The city has sent a notice about AmeriCorps Vista volunteer job opportunities for DC residents. We have attached the announcement, followed by the detailed job description which you can pull up by clicking on the links below.

Are you or someone you know interested in a year of national service while developing crucial professional skills?

Douglass Community Land Trust (Douglass CLT) is accepting applications NOW until May 16 from professionals interested in becoming our 2022-2023 Engagement & Sustainability VISTA. See Job Announcement HERE

· Time Frame: 1-year from July 5, 2022 – June 30, 2023.
· Must APPLY for this position through the VISTA Strong Communities Program HERE
· PLEASE CIRCULATE AROUND YOUR NETWORKS!!

VISTA is a subset of the AmeriCorps program. VISTAs are full-time paid volunteers who commit to a year of service combatting poverty by partnering with local government agencies, nonprofits, and educational institutions. VISTAs mobilize local resources, build organizational capacity and empower communities in development.

Douglass CLT is a DC-based membership-driven independent nonprofit centered on racial & economic equity. We work to create and secure permanently affordable, quality living and working spaces for the renter, homeowner, and small business owner while ensuring decision-making resides within the community through Community Ownership of Land and Collective Stewardship

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Douglass CLT is accepting applications NOW until May 16 for 2022-2023 Engagement & Sustainability VISTA Time Frame: 1-year, July 5 – June 30, 2023.
Must apply at VISTA Strong Communities Program

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Metro Transit Police launch new community policing and safety initiatives

Metro Transit Police launch new community policing and safety initiatives

Metro today announced new safety initiatives to engage the community, target enforcement efforts and increase police visibility on buses, trains and in stations.

Under the leadership of Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Anzallo, MTPD has developed a three-pillar approach to invest resources in the community: education, outreach and enforcement. This approach uses a “problem solving police strategy” focused on identifying the underlying issues that may lead to crime, developing solutions and prevention.

“While crime is a community and regional concern, customers should feel safe on Metro, and that means using every tool at our disposal including investing in the community and partnering with local resources for essential services,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “In addition, MTPD is strategically targeting enforcement efforts in areas where crime has increased.”

As part of the new initiatives, MTPD established a new Community Services Bureau. The department’s first civilian in senior leadership, Director Shandha Louis, will head up efforts to work with schools, neighborhood groups and mental health advocates to foster a collaborative relationship.

A new campaign to educate the public includes QR codes on signage in stations, trains and buses featuring MTPD’s text-tip number, MyMTPD (696873). Customers can scan the QR code with their phone to automatically add MTPD’s number to their contact list.

Next month, Metro will also launch a new anti-harassment public awareness campaign. The latest campaign is part of an ongoing effort that began in 2012 to raise awareness and combat harassment in the Metro system.

“Our customers provide additional eyes and ears throughout the system, and we encourage them to be alert and contact MTPD if they see anything suspicious,” said Chief Anzallo. “We also have thousands of cameras on buses, trains and in stations that provide a valuable tool to identify and arrest anyone who commits a crime on Metro.”

Additional outreach in the community includes pop-up events at stations with food and activities where MTPD officers can interact with neighborhood residents one-on-one. MTPD is also developing partnerships with community resources to address essential service needs to help those who are homeless or in mental health crisis. New youth programs and initiatives will also be launched.

The third pillar, enforcement, uses a strategic approach to increase patrols of uniformed and plain-clothes officers at selected rail stations and buses based on crime data and trends to provide higher visibility, reassure riders and discourage criminal activity. Officers will be staggered in shifts, to provide a greater police presence during the evening rush hour. Additional officers will be placed at major bus hubs for outreach and to be near bus routes.

Metro advises customers if you see something, say something. Contact MTPD by text MyMTPD (696873), call 202-962-2121 or go to wmata.com/harassment to report incidents of harassment regardless of whether you believe it’s a crime. To learn more about MTPD follow us on Twitter @MetroTransitPD.

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Update on Homicide Reported to be on South Dakota Avenue

Update on Homicide Reported to be on South Dakota Avenue

ANC Commissioner Emily Lucio (5A03) asked the 4th District Commander to clarify where the homicide occurred. It was reported as being in the 4900 block of South Dakota Avenue (10th & South Dakota).

However, in reality the crash happened as the car was traveling west on Emerson Street and crashed into the “T” intersection wall at 10th Street. In searching for the exact location, I discovered that this location is directly across the street from the McDonald on South Dakota. The wall would be the wall beside the convenience store, again directly across the street from McDonald.

Again, if anyone has any information concerning this event, please contact the 4th District Police.

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Volunteers Needed to Deliver Food for Seniors in Need

Volunteers Needed to Deliver Food for Seniors in Need

Plenty to Eat is a food pantry which was started by Connie Williams. The organization provide food for seniors and needs drivers and volunteers to deliver the food on Tuesday and Wednesday between 10:30 AM and 2:00PM.

Plenty to Eat is located in Ward 5’s Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School at 2318-18th Place NE DC 20018.

Please visit their web site for more information at www.plentytoeatdc.org

To contact them by phone you may call them at

202-556-0622 (c)
202-269-6623 (o) extension 122

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