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DETROIT EDISON WARNS CUSTOMERS TO BEWARE OF SCAMS

 DETROIT, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Three people claiming to be utility workers appear at your door and say that tree branches in your backyard are touching wires and need to be trimmed.
 But, they add, it will cost $50 to remove the wood.
 Unfortunately, an Ypsilanti resident fell for the scam this week, even after thinking it odd the utility would charge for the service.
 Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) cautions people to be particularly careful about giving people money for work for which it does not bill its customers.
 "Detroit Edison does not charge its customers for line clearance work," said Alvin K. Shelton, director of line clearance for the utility.
 "Before crews enter a neighborhood, the company sends representatives to determine what work is needed to visit with customers who are available. All customers then receive mailings about the upcoming line clearance work before crews begin to clear tree hazards from our lines."
 To avoid being victimized, Detroit Edison offers these suggestions:
 -- Ask for identification. All Detroit Edison employees and contractors carry ID cards or badges displaying their photos.
 -- If you are not sure about an employee's identification, call Detroit Edison at 1-800-477-4747.
 -- Detroit Edison employees NEVER deliver cash refunds or "rebates" to a customer's home. All account transactions are handled through the mail or at a Detroit Edison customer office.
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 /CONTACT: Scott L. Simons, 313-237-8808, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
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