Officials with Cherokee Electric Co-op are cautioning the public about an on-going scam.
Con-artists are calling Cherokee Electric Co-op customers claiming to be from the company, and are telling them that their power is due to be cut-off unless they pay their bill immediately.
There are several variations of the story, BUT they all end with the scammer telling the customer that their bill is delinquent, and they then demand money – often suggesting that the customer go to CVS, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, or any other retailer selling cash cards – and then call them back, with the number.
Let’s make it clear – this is a scam, do not fall for it.
WEIS Radio News spoke with Sarah Bright of the Cherokee Electric Co-op about the recent rash of calls and she emphasized that although courtesy calls are sometimes made reminding people that their bill is late, they never, ever threaten anyone nor do they tell them how to pay.
Should you receive a suspicious call of this manner, contact Cherokee Electric Co-op, or report it to your local law enforcement agency – immediately after you hang up on that con artist trying to rip you off.