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Protect Yourself from Utility Scams

Imagine: You get a phone call from a utility provider claiming you’ve overpaid your bill. Instead of crediting your account, the company wants to give you a “refund” on your credit card. The caller asks you for your credit card number, which should be a red flag — because it's a scam. 

Criminals often contact customers of utility providers, like Jackson EMC, through unsolicited calls or emails to get personal information that can be used against you. Imposter scams – when criminals pose as someone from a company you trust – are the most common type of scam reported to the Federal Trade Commission. 

“We encourage all members to be aware of the ways criminals may try to trick you into providing personal information,” said Brent Cochran, director of customer service at Jackson EMC. “In particular, people who are elderly or don’t speak English as s their first language are often targeted by criminals.”

Red Flags

Be aware of any potential red flags, including:

  • Unsolicited calls, emails or texts from someone claiming to represent a utility company. 
  • Offers to give you money or “refunds” directly on your credit or debit card, or bank account. 
  • Requests for your credit or debit card number, especially if you didn’t initiate the communication.

If any request seems suspicious, contact Jackson EMC at 1-800-462-3691. Learn more at: jacksonemc.com/safety-and-security