SMECO issues warning about payment scam
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has been alerted to a fraud scam in which customers are asked to provide payment information in order to avoid having their electric service disconnected. According to Tom Dennison, managing director of government and public affairs, several customers have recently notified SMECO that they have received fraudulent calls from people threatening to disconnect their electric service. He said, “We continue to issue alerts when we receive notifications from customers that these scams are taking place. Not only are they a nuisance, but these scam artists can potentially steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting residents and businesses. We believe we can help prevent this type of crime by educating our customers whenever we hear about a new method being used to trick people out of their hard-earned money.”
Dennison added, “If customers receive a phone call from someone threatening to disconnect their power, they may hang up and call SMECO directly. Our contact center is open 24 hours a day, every day. SMECO’s phone number is 1-888-440-3311. The phone number is printed at the top of the bill and that’s the number customers should use to reach our contact center.” Dennison said that SMECO warns customer-members not to provide personal financial or electric account information to unauthorized callers. Customers should not provide Green Dot or Moneygram payments to callers claiming to be from SMECO.