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inside your co-op | 3 ■ GOOD TO KNOW Tracking Right


Members Warned of Scam Attempts


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ecent scam attempts on a Choctaw Electric (CEC ) member prompted the co-op to issue scam warnings


via social media. The member reported a call from someone claiming to be a CEC employee. The caller told the member their account was overdue and they needed to pay immediately to avoid disconnection.


This is a common utility scam that preys on consumers by scaring them with the threat of disconnection. The scammer gives the consumer a fictitious account balance and demands payment immediately, usually with a reloadable prepaid debit card or other non-traceable form of payment.


Often the scam calls appear on caller ID as coming from a legitimate utility, such as your electric co-op. The technique, known as “spoofing,” further confuses the victim into thinking the call is real.


Co-op members are reminded that CEC employees never call members to demand payment or personal information. Members with overdue accounts receive payment reminders via automated telephone message, text, email or mail.


scam signs


■ Threat to disconnect: The impostor utility representative aggressively tells the customer his or her account is past due and service will be disconnected if a large payment is not made.


■ Requests immediate payment: The caller instructs the customer to quickly purchase a prepaid debit card—widely available at retail stores.


■ Requests prepaid debit card info: The caller asks the customer for the prepaid debit card’s number, which grants the caller instant access to the card’s funds.


If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately and report the call to CEC at 800-780-6486. Next, report it to the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit at 405-521-2029.


Of Way Crews Members are reminded to watch for right of way crews working in the following areas:





Contract crews are currently working near Rattan and moving west toward Antlers. Contractors are also working in the Sawyer and Spencerville areas.


• CEC right of way crews are in the Valliant area moving towards Ft. Towson.


A clear right of way ensures safe and reliable service for all members, faster outage response time, and safer working conditions for co- op employees. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


CEC’s new website offers a quick way for members to locate information on co-op bylaws, rates, bill payments, energy efficiency loans, capital credits, SmartHub, and more.


Visit www.choctaweelectric.coop. ONLINE


Join Us for CEC Member Appreciation Days!


Members matter to Choctaw Electric Cooperative. For that reason, we’d like to show our appreciation with the return of CEC Member Appreciation Days.


On the menu: Hot dogs, soda pop and good conversation. Stop by, meet co-op employees and staff, and visit with your CEC trustees. We look forward to seeing you there!


April 11 10 am - 2 pm April 12 10 am - 2 pm April 13 10 am - 2 pm CEC Antlers


CEC Hugo CEC Idabel


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