New Phone Scam Targeting Members
Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is warning members of a phone scam that is targeting its members. The co-op is warning members to be aware of suspicious phone calls from those claiming to be representatives from CEC and offers the following tips:
* The phone scammers generally will call impersonating a co-op employee and will demand immediate payment over the phone, via a debit or credit card, and threaten disconnection.
* Some will instruct the member to purchase a prepaid debit card and call back with the card number to stop a lineman who is already on the way to disconnect service.
* Always be very cautious and do not give out any personal or bank information over the phone to someone calling you.
CEC will not call and demand immediate payment over the phone via a debit or credit card. If unsure if the caller is associated with your co-op, hang up and immediately call the office at 1-800-521-0570.
Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving approximately 25,000 members with over 3,000 miles of distribution line in portions of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties.
This year, CEC celebrates its 80th anniversary at its annual meeting Aug. 25, 2017. Learn more by visiting www.central.coop.