04 Nov Dangerous phone scam targeting DREMC members
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation is warning members about phone scam calls in the service area. Callers are falsely linking themselves to DREMC, claiming to get members to meet him or her at a local Dollar General. The scammers want our members to get a money order and pay them at the location. If the member doesn’t cooperate, they would then be disconnected.
DREMC would never instruct a member to meet a co-op employee somewhere to collect an unpaid bill. This is extremely dangerous.
“These types of scams are becoming more frequent, and it is disturbing for everyone,” says Steve Oden, DREMC Director of Member Services. “Homes and businesses are being targeted with this latest scheme, and we want our members to be aware of how to handle it if it happens to them.”
DREMC would like members to know if they receive a questionable call, they should not give out any personal information. They are advised to hang up and contact their local DREMC office.
Furthermore, DREMC employees do not ask members for payment information unless the member initiates the call. Also, if someone claiming to be a DREMC employee asks for payment at your home or business, please demand official identification. Remember that DREMC and its contractors should be in clearly marked vehicles. If they cannot readily produce identification, contact the authorities.
Bill payment methods available to DREMC members include bank draft, online bill pay, pay by phone, pay by mobile app, pay by mail and pay in person.
Duck River EMC, a Touchstone Energy® cooperative, is a not-for-profit, member owned organization providing electric and other services to more than 71,000 homes and businesses in southern Middle Tennessee. Duck River EMC serves an area of approximately 2,500 square miles in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, and Williamson counties in southern Middle Tennessee.