TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS
Four Signs That It’s a Scam
1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know.
Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government. They might use a real name, like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or Medicare, or make up a name that sounds official. Some pretend to be from a business you know, like a utility company, a tech company, or even a charity asking for donations.
They use technology to change the phone number that appears on your caller ID. So the name and number you see might not be real.
2. Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE.
Some scammers say there’s a problem with one of your accounts and that you need to verify some information.
3. Scammers PRESSURE you to act immediately.
Scammers want you to act before you have time to think. If you’re on the phone, they might tell you not to hang up so you can’t check out their story.
They might threaten to arrest you, sue you, take away your driver’s or business license, or deport you. They might say your computer is about to be corrupted.
4. Scammers tell you to PAY in a specific way.
Some will send you a check (that will later turn out to be fake), tell you to deposit it, and then send them money.
Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email, or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.
If you get an email or text message from a company you do business with and you think it’s real, it’s still best not to click on any links. Instead, contact them using a website you know is trustworthy. Or look up their phone number. Don’t call a number they gave you or the number from your caller ID.
Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legitimate businesses will give you time to make a decision. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer.
Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or by using a money transfer service. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone.
Stop and talk to someone you trust. Before you do anything else, tell someone — a friend, a family member, a neighbor — what happened. Talking about it could help you realize it’s a scam.
If you were scammed or think you saw a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
Protecting our members is paramount to Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative. When we learn of a new scam in our service area, we will pass that information along to you. If you believe you have been the target of a fraudulent phone call or scam attempt, contact our office at 888-326-3356.
Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative (SCEC) has been alerted to a scam in which Cooperative members are contacted by phone and asked to provide payment information in order to avoid having their electric service disconnected.
According to Coni Adams, CEO, members have notified SCEC about the fraudulent calls from people threatening to disconnect the member’s service. “To protect our members we issue warnings when we receive information about these scams,” Adams said. “Beyond being a nuisance, these scam artists aim to steal money from Sumner-Cowley members and we believe we can prevent this type of crime by educating our members when we learn of these occurrences.”
SCEC will never contact a member by phone to demand immediate payment or threaten disconnection of service. If you receive a suspicious phone call regarding your electric service, hang up the phone and contact SCEC directly at 888-326-3356.