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CONSUMERS POWER WORKERS CARRY IDENTIFICATION, SAYS UTILITY

 CONSUMERS POWER WORKERS CARRY IDENTIFICATION, SAYS UTILITY
 JACKSON, Mich., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As spring work activities increase, Consumers Power Company is alerting customers to be on the watch for scams, particularly those involving impostors claiming to represent the utility.
 "For various reasons, warm weather seems to bring out impostors who claim to represent a legitimate business, for the purpose of stealing money or valuables," said Carl L. English, the utility's vice president of energy distribution services. "All of our employees carry photo identification. Customers should feel free to ask to see such identification if a person claims to represent Consumers Power Company," said English.
 In addition to normal work activities, such as meter reading or line clearing which bring Consumers Power employees in contact with customers, other businesses hired by the utility are presently involved in work which may involve customer contact. These activities include energy conservation audits, appliance pick-up, and customer information surveys. In these instances, employees of these firms all carry identification which will be presented on request.
 "If a customer has doubts about an individual, they should not let them into their home. We encourage customers to call us for an identification check," English said.
 Any problems associated with persons falsely claiming to represent Consumers Power, or a business hired by the utility, should be immediately reported to local law enforcement agencies, or directly to Consumers Power Company.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/
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