Cooperative Warns of Bill Payment Scam
September 17, 2012
South River EMC is offering a warning to the community about fraudulent phone calls being made as an attempt to trick people out of their hard-earned money.
Some cooperative members have received an automated call stating that their electric service is subject to disconnection.The message states that no payment is due immediately, but instructs the recipient of the call to go to a Kangaroo gas station and purchase a green prepaid card and then to call a specified number and pay via this card.
The calls are made in Spanish and seem to be targeting the Spanish-speaking population. Calls originated from the Boston area. This is a fraud.
“Although we do make a courtesy call to members who are at risk of disconnection using our automated system, members are encouraged to call or visit our office immediately to make payment,” said Catherine O’Dell, vice president of member services and public relations. “South River EMC is not responsible for this call. If you receive any suspicious calls making unusual payment requests call your electric service provider directly!”
Members of South River EMC are encouraged to call 910-892-8071.
South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 42,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.