Scam makes people think electric bill overdue

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 01:48 PM

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. is warning about a scam that seeks to get customers' debit card or credit card information.

A cooperative member reported this past week that he received a call on his cellphone from a number appearing to be Blue Ridge Electric. The caller said that the person's electricity would be disconnected unless he made immediate payment by debit or credit card, but instead the person hung up on the caller and called Blue Ridge Electric himself to check on his account, Blue Ridge Electric said in a press release. Similar scams have required payment using a prepaid money card.

Scams such as this are becoming increasingly common, so Blue Ridge Electric provides the following tips to help avoid falling victim to a scam:

If someone calls you asking for immediate payment on your electric bill, do not ever give out your personal information, including your account number, your banking information, or Social Security number.

Immediately call Blue Ridge Electric at a number you know to belong to the cooperative. Don't trust a telephone number that a caller gives you. Blue Ridge Electric customers in Caldwell County can call 828-754-9071, or any customer can call toll-free 800-451-5474.

Call Blue Ridge Electric any time of the day or night to report suspicious phone calls and to check on your account status or make a payment. Always report fraudulent calls to your local law enforcement authority as well as to Blue Ridge Electric.