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SCAM ALERT

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dear Member,

Millions of people fall prey to financial scams every year. Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative wants you to be aware that several scams, both by phone and e-mail, are targeting our Members. The phone scammers generally will call impersonating a Cooperative employee stating they are in a call center located on Main Street in Lutz, Florida and will demand immediate payment by debit card, credit card, money order, or Green Dot Money Pac. They will also threaten to disconnect your electric service if you do not pay them. Calls seem legitimate because scammers use “Caller ID Spoofing” to make the targeted Member’s caller ID falsely read a recognizable area code. Please remember, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative will never call and demand immediate payment over the phone. If you are unsure if the caller is associated with WREC, please hang up and call our office right away. We are working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to protect our Members against scams like these. Please stay vigilant and do not give your personal information to anyone that you cannot positively identify who they say they are. Please share this information with everyone.

Sincerely,

Billy E. Brown
Executive Vice President and General Manager


Don't Become a Victim

WREC ID Badge Example
  • Every Cooperative employee displays an ID badge identifying them as such. The badge contains their photo, name, employee number, and the office they are assigned to.
  • In almost all circumstances our employees will be driving a vehicle that is clearly marked with the Cooperative’s logo.
  • All Cooperative line technicians, meter readers, and staking engineers wear a shirt with the Cooperative’s logo and their name prominently displayed.