Scam Artists Target Cooperative Members
February 6th, 2014
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C., - February 6, 2014- North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are warning members of a utility bill scam targeting individuals and businesses statewide. Scam activity has increased significantly over the last few days.
Cooperative members across North Carolina have received phone calls from strangers claiming to be a representative of their electric cooperative and demanding payment. Often scammers ask for personal account information or threaten to disconnect service if immediate payment is not made by a prepaid credit or debit card. In some cases, scammers have even fixed their caller ID to reflect a utility company’s name.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will never call members to demand instant payment or to ask for account or personal information. Never give out your banking or credit card number to someone who has called regarding your account. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and call your cooperative (caution: DO NOT use the fake number that appears on your caller ID!), and report the scam attempt to local law enforcement. Visit www.cemcpower.com for more information on our cooperative or call 1-800-446-7752 to speak with a customer service representative.