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Beware of Phone Scam

As electric bills rise because of summer temperatures, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative is warning their members of a reported a scam involving prepaid money cards.

“The scammers are calling Cooperative members and claiming to be Sam Houston Electric Cooperative employees,” Keith Stapleton, Sam Houston EC chief communications officer, said.

The members reported that the caller told them that their account was delinquent and they needed to pay immediately or their electricity would be turned off that day at 5:00pm. The caller then told the members to load the money on a prepaid money card and call him back with the money card’s number.

Sam Houston EC asks that any member who receives a suspicious call immediately report it to the Cooperative by calling 1-800-458-0381.

“If anyone claiming to be a Co-op employee calls and asks you for personal information, you can hang up and call our office directly. That way, you’ll know you’re speaking with a Co-op representative,” Stapleton said.