DEMCO warns of disconnect scam

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Posted: Apr 3, 2014 4:36 PM by Russell Jones
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: DEMCO, scam, utility customers

BATON ROUGE - DEMCO warned customers Thursday to be wary of a new attempt to scam people into sending money to con artists posing as utility customers.

The company said the scammers were calling co-op members and telling them they needed to make an immediate payment, or else their utilities would be disconnected. The caller would then provide instructions to send money through a third-party system.

"If you receive a suspicious call regarding your utility bill, get the caller's number then hang up and call police," said David Latona, DEMCO's Manager of Member and Public Relations. "Never give your credit card number or other personal information over the phone without verifying the call."

DEMCO also said members should call local co-op office to report the incident, where they can also make sure everything's fine with their account.

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