CLEVELAND — Have you received an e-mail or letter from Ohio Electricity Litigation? Concerned it’s a scam?
The Better Business Bureau serving Greater Cleveland says consumers should “take another look at the mailings” because many – if not all – may be legitimate.
“While utility scams are common in the summer months, the recent correspondence from Ohio Electricity Litigation is not,” the BBB explains. “Ohio Electricity Litigation, a part of A.B. Data, Ltd based out of Milwaukee, was named the Settlement Administrator for a recent class action lawsuit against FirstEnergy and its spinoff company, Energy Harbor. Additionally, Ohio Electricity Litigation has partnered with another company named Tremendous, to distribute e-mails to consumers potentially affected by the court ruling.”
This comes as the BBB says their office has received concerns from local residents they were being scammed.
“I received a credit card in the mail. I was wondering if it is a scam,” a Garfield Heights resident reported to the BBB. “It is from Ohio Electricity Litigation (and) appears to be a debit card. I don’t understand the mailing or how much this card is worth. I feel like it could be a scam.”
The BBB says these recent mailings “are a rare example of a legitimate utility-related solicitation.”
“Consumers who were customers of FirstEnergy subsidiaries Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric, or Toledo Edison between January 1, 2020, and June 22, 2022, would generally be eligible for the settlement,” according to the BBB. “The average settlement is about $15. Distribution of funds is taking the form of physical checks, debit cards, and digital payments. Consumers may also be receiving e-mails from “email@example.com” regarding their portion of claims. Consumers who wish to pursue litigation on their own behalf would have had to opt out of the settlement distribution last year by October 5, 2022. BBB advises consumers to contact Ohio Electricity Litigation directly with any concerns or questions they may have. Ohio Electricity Litigation can be reached by e-mail at info@OhioElectricityLitigation.com or by calling its toll-free number at 1‐877‐888‐9895. They also have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document on their website.”