Beware of Scam Artists Offering Energy Audits on Behalf of JEMC
(Jefferson, Ga., January 13, 2012)—A number of Jackson EMC members have reported that they’ve received calls from people offering free energy audits on behalf of JEMC. Their caller ID usually registers the telephone number from “Wireless Callers”. While JEMC offers energy audits to members, the cooperative doesn’t solicit members for this service.
“Members call us to schedule energy audits or any service. The only time members may receive automated messages from us is when their power has been restored or we’re performing a service, such as upgrading their meters to ‘smart’ meters,” says Roy Stowe, Marketing/Member Relations vice-president. “We’re not sure of the intentions of these calls; however, we’re concerned because reports of robberies have been associated with this type of activity.”
To verify JEMC employees, members should:
- Look for the JEMC logo on vehicles or clothing
- Ask to see a JEMC photo identification badge
- Contact their local JEMC office to verify if employees should be at their home
Jackson EMC sometimes uses contractors for services such as tree trimming or power line construction. Typically, this work doesn’t require contractors to enter members’ homes. When in doubt, JEMC members should see one or more of the following:
- The contractor’s logo on the doors or side of the vehicle
- Truck signage that reads, “Contractor for Jackson EMC”
Customers should contact Jackson EMC if someone calls or comes to their home offering a free energy audit if they haven’t contacted the cooperative to schedule an audit. If members suspect someone is falsely representing himself or herself, they should contact the police.
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For more information, contact:
K.D. Graham, Sr. PR/Communications Representative
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation
(706) 367-6163 (office)