Scammers appear to be at work the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) service area, according to a release by DREMC.
A co-op member in the Wartrace community of Bedford County last Tuesday reported telephone contact from an unknown caller pretending to represent DREMC. The caller requested personal identity information, including the potential victim’s social security number.
According to the press release, the scammer might have read local obituary information and selected the co-op member on this basis. The caller knew about a recent death in the family and used this as a means of soliciting personal information.
“This member wisely refused to provide any personal information and reported the scam attempt to a family member, who called DREMC,” said Steve Oden, director of member services. “This is exactly the correct response to such attempts.”
Social security numbers, dates of birth, bank account numbers or other identity information should not be provided over the telephone. Never give anyone personal information unless you initiated the contact and are confident the transaction is legitimate, DREMC says in a press release.
“It is an invitation to have your identity stolen,” Oden added.
If you feel suspicious about a caller who claims to be from the electric co-op, immediately hang up and contact your local DREMC office. If someone pressures you to provide personal or financial information, notify the police or sheriff’s department.
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, headquartered in Shelbyville, Tenn., is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 72,000 residences, businesses and farms. District offices are located in Columbia, Manchester, Decherd, Sewanee, Shelbyville, Lynchburg and Lewisburg.
Locally, Manchester residents can report such scams to the Manchester Police Department (931-728-2099) or the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department (931-728-3591).