Thanks to Melinda Dodds for passing this along.
are back at it in The Villages, threatening to cut off your electricity if
you don't pay an overdue bill. Angie Silvers of the Village of Sunset Pointe
reported this latest attempt.
I just got 2 robo-calls saying they were from the "Billing Department at
SECO" & I should call (888) 492-4994 right away to avoid "power
disruption." This is a scam, please do not return the call. The actual
call was coming from (888) 617-8937. I've alerted SECO to these calls.
SECO has been aware of this scam for quite awhile:
https://secoenergy.com/tag/scammers/, which is aimed directly at your
wallet. The scammer calls, gives a name and identifies himself or herself as
a SECO employee. The scammer notifies the member of a past due bill and
demands payment immediately. The scammer wants you to either give out your
credit card information over the phone or to meet them at a location and pay
cash. Be especially cautious if a company representative asks to meet at a
location away from the company office. (Our closest office is at
330 US-301, Sumterville,
FL 33585 — (352) 793-3801.)
In some cases individuals posing as utility workers show up at your home,
threatening to shut off the power. As a reminder to members, all SECO
employees carry company-issued identification
— don’t hesitate to ask to see an employee’s identification.
you receive a call that you believe may be a scam, hang up immediately
and call SECO at 1-800-732-6141 and
speak to a Member Support Associate.
Other scams SECO
Energy warns us of include:
FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Consumer
Information bulletin provides information on how you can
protect yourself from utility scams, the clues warning that it might be
a scam, and what you can do if you get one of these calls, encouraging you
to report the scam to the FTC, as well as SECO Energy.
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