Scam artists call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment using a reloadable debit card, prepaid gift card or online payment service like PayPal. The calls sound official, and the caller ID may even display the utility name.
Keep in mind that we will:
• NEVER call members to request credit card, banking or other financial information over the telephone.
• NEVER call members threatening immediate disconnection unless a payment is made.
• NEVER ask to enter your home unless you initiate the request for co-op personnel to perform a specific service. Co-ops do this only by appointment and with a member’s prior knowledge.
If in doubt, hang up immediately. Be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative.
Don’t forget: Friday, Aug. 8, is the date for our annual members’ meeting. Make plans now to attend at Jackson Fairgrounds Park. Registration begins at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 and the business meeting will be held at 6:30. There will be lots of fun things for the kids, and we have the outstanding W.S. Holland Band to entertain. More than 40 door prizes will be given away, including five flat panel TVs and five microwave ovens.
We hope to see you there!!