Piedmont Electric Cooperative is always looking out for our members, and we often hear about terrible scams that have been victimizing members of other co-ops around the country.
This can include scams like:
- Imposters threatening to cut off electric service if you don’t pay up fast.
- Claims that there’s a problem with the electric meter that could result in a fire.
- Claims that the government is providing credits to pay your electric bill in exchange for account numbers.
- Insisting that you meet a co-op rep at various locations to make an immediate payment.
- Insisting that you pay over the phone with a prepaid debit card, such as a “Green Dot” card.
Piedmont Electric representatives will never demand immediate payment to avoid disconnection. If you are ever worried about a scam, please hang up and call our office at 800.222.3107.
When we hear about new scams tactics, we’ll let you know as soon as possible, but we also need your help if you suspect you’re a target of one.
What to Do If You Think You’re Being Scammed
If you are contacted by someone claiming to represent your co-op, who asks for personal information such as your social security number, bank routing number, PIN, passwords or any financial account information, first call Piedmont Electric at 800.222.3107 to verify if it’s a scam, and then call your local authorities to report it! Please note that Piedmont Electric will on occasion discuss personal information with members. However, if you ever feel uncomfortable or suspect a scam, please hang up and call us at 800.222.3107 to verify the authenticity of the call.