Here are two tidbits that are important to share:

Legal letters coming

A letter with lots of “legalese” will be arriving in the mail likely Monday or later to more than a million electricity customers who have FirstEnergy Solutions as their supplier.

That includes many residents in the Akron area whose communities are on an aggregation or bulk-buying agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions, and customers who have entered into their own contracts with the company.

FirstEnergy Solutions is the unregulated generation arm of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 31.

In July, FirstEnergy Solutions agreed to sell $140 million of retail and wholesale contracts to Exelon Generation Co. of Pennsylvania. The deal has been subject to proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

By press time Friday afternoon, FirstEnergy Solutions attorneys were working to finalize filings with the bankruptcy court to notify it of the results of a Thursday deadline seeking additional bidders. If Exelon was confirmed as the only bidder, the sale would move forward to a Sept. 21 hearing, said FirstEnergy Solutions spokesman Tom Mulligan.

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year, according to federal filings by Exelon.

As part of the agreement, Exelon and its subsidiary, Constellation, agreed to take on FirstEnergy's current contracts at the current rates.

So here's the bottom-line, simplified explanation in plain English: You don't need to do anything and your electricity prices and the remainder of your contracts will not change and will be assumed by Exelon, if the deal goes through.

If you really want to read several pages of legal notices written up by lawyers, go for it. But I assume most of you just want to know what it is and that you can recycle it. It's kind of like the annual notices you get for your credit card or other accounts. They're good to have or see, but likely aren't on your reading list.

The Ohio Consumers' Counsel, the state's residential utility advocate, played a role in objecting to earlier drafts of the letter, saying it was too complicated and would be “bewildering” for customers. The judge agreed and had FirstEnergy Solutions rewrite the letter.

Trust me, though. I've seen a draft of the revised letter. It's still written by lawyers.

The bankruptcy filing is part of FirstEnergy's plans to become a fully regulated electric utility. FirstEnergy and its distribution, transmission, regulated generation and Allegheny Energy Supply subsidiaries are not part of the filing.

Watch your fingers

This is also a friendly reminder to make sure you are double-checking the phone numbers you are calling — or think you are calling.

I spoke with two readers this week on one day — both of whom thought they were calling legitimate companies (an airline and a credit bureau) and they were confused about the suspicious tasks they were given by the person on the other line. In one case, the man's wife was on her way to Walmart to buy a gift card to buy the airline ticket. I told him I was 100 percent sure that was a scam and he said he was hanging up to tell his wife to stop. I also told him that airlines these days don't want you buying a ticket via phone and will charge you a fee to book the reservation unless you go online to book for free, but certainly the airline would never ask you to go to Walmart to buy any type of gift card or pre-paid debit card.

The second was a woman who was trying to lift her credit freeze and was told it would cost $300. (Freezes, by Ohio law, cost $5 to lift and by federal law, will be free to place or lift by Sept. 21 nationwide. For my column on that, you can go to www.ohio.com/betty and look under “Betty's Best Tips.”)

In both cases, what happened is both people pushed a wrong number while dialing legitimate companies. Companies looking to scam people make a habit out of using phone numbers that are close to legitimate numbers.

If the greeting or information being shared once your call goes through doesn't quite make sense, hang up, check the number independently and redial.

Beacon Journal consumer columnist and medical reporter Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/BettyLinFisherABJ and see all her stories at www.ohio.com/betty