targeting Fort Loudon Cooperative customers
MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)- The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is warning people of a scam.
Deputies say Fort Loudon Electric Cooperative members are being targeted. The scammers are calling posing as a utility employee and threatening to shut off service unless immediate is done using a reloadable debt card, prepaid gift card or online payment service like PayPal.
“The calls sound official,” says Jarrod Brackett, FLEC’s CEO. “This is particularly harmful to consumers because there is no way to track or recover the money.”
Officials stress that FLEC will:
“We are asking co-op members to be wary of any phone calls,” Brackett says. “If in doubt, hang up immediately, and call 1-877-353-2674. Be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative.”