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2014-01-30

Scammers continue to target BEC members

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Scammers continue to target BEC members in an effort to "collect" payments. The unknown callers, claiming to be BEC or other electricity providers, trick consumers into making payments with credit cards and prepaid money cards, such as MoneyPak cards that can be bought at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and CVS/pharmacy. Other scammers request the consumer to make an immediate payment at an obscure location.
The scammers call utility customers and request immediate payment or threaten that their power will be disconnected. BEC is one of several companies that has been targeted in this rising scam that is becoming a growing concern not only here in Texas but across the country.
Bandera Electric encourages our members to be aware of their due dates and possible delinquency or disconnection. Being mindful of your account information can help to protect you from scammers. Also, BEC does provide courtesy calls to notify members of delinquencies, in such case, you will receive an automated call with an option to make payment. If you receive a call and it seems suspicious, do not make a payment; call Bandera Electric and ask about your account status. BEC's priority is your safety and the safety of your information.
Leslie Kramer, finance and administration manager said, "If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a BEC representative, gather as much information as possible from the caller. We are working with local law enforcement agencies and any information you can provide, may help us stop the fraudulent activities that are occurring across Central Texas."
Please call BEC or your local law enforcement agency if you are contacted by a fraudulent person or agency. BEC representatives are available at 866-226-3372 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.