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4 | the Light Post WARNING TO MEMBERS


Scams On The Rise Don’t fall for calls demanding payment


someone calls demanding money or they’ll cut off your electricity, hang up the phone and call your co-op yourself.


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Utility scams are one of the most popular criminal schemes to separate trusting individuals from their money—and the scammers are becoming increasingly clever. Using a trick known as spoofing, scam calls may appear on your caller ID as your electric co-op or another familiar business. Don’t believe it—especially if the caller threatens you with loss of service or demands immediate payment.


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) always makes several attempts to contact a member before disconnecting service. Past due accounts receive three reminders


ecent attempts by scam artists to steal money from electric cooperative members serve as a reminder to others: If


in the mail. If the bill remains unpaid, the co-op will issue a final notice giving the member 48 hours to pay before service is terminated. Kiamichi Electric never attempts to collect payment from a member over the telephone.


Protect yourself from scams by never providing your personal or financial information to strangers over the phone or by email. If you receive a call requesting personal information, hang up and contact the business yourself by using the company contact information on your most recent bill.


If you receive a suspicious call, please report your suspicions immediately to Kiamichi Electric, so we can warn others. Call Kiamichi Electric at 800-888-2731. Next, report it to the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit at 405-521-2029.


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.


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