NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s electric cooperatives are warning residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers. Scam artists call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment. “The calls sound official,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “They claim to be with the local electric cooperative, and many times the caller ID even displays the name of the utility.” Co-op officials say that the scam is easy to recognize. Callis says electric co-ops will not call […]
April has seen an increase in attempts to scam electric co-op members. Two recent incidents involved individuals claiming to work for electric cooperatives. Using that trust, the thieves then stole money and property from the members. Electric co-ops remind members that their employees or contractors will always have identification, drive marked vehicles and will never ask members for private information. Co-op members are encouraged to contact their local co-op if they notice any suspicious activity or if they wish to confirm the identity of anyone claiming to be a representative of their electric co-op.
NASHVILLE – A widespread scam that claims to pay utility bills has made its way to Tennessee. Two of Tennessee’s rural electric cooperatives reported incidents involving the scam on Monday, July 9. Tennessee’s rural electric cooperatives are warning members to be aware of a bill-paying scam that asks them to disclose Social Security and bank routing numbers. Scammers claim electric consumers can have their utility bills paid under a federal government program. No such program exists. The solicitations have been made door-to-door, online and by phone. Members are asked for personal information and then given fake bank account numbers to […]