A pandemic like COVID-19 creates opportunities for utility scams as criminals prey upon their victims’ fears.
Scammers may threaten you with everything from legal action to turning off power to your home. Utility scams can involve an individual posing as an employee of Laurens Electric Cooperative. The scammer may use threatening language in order to frighten you into offering your credit card or bank account information.
Remember, during this crisis Laurens Electric is not disconnecting power for non-payment; so don’t fall victim to these types of scams. Understand the threats posed and your best course of action:
No matter their threats, never give them any of your financial information (card numbers, account numbers, etc.) Laurens Electric would never ask you for personal financial information over the phone.
Gather as much information as you can from that individual, hang-up the phone and contact the local authorities.
If someone comes to your home claiming to be an employee of Laurens Electric that needs to collect money, call local authorities for assistance and do not let the individual into your home.
If you have any doubts about your utility bill, contact us at 1-800-942-3141.