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2014-10-02

BEC members should beware of scam attempts

Special to the Courier

Bandera Electric Cooperative warns members of scammers demanding payments to avoid disruption of electric service. Unknown callers, claiming to be BEC officials, request immediate payment or threaten the member's power will be disconnected.
These calls are part of a utility fraud scheme that has been a growing concern for the past several years. Earlier this year, BEC received reports that members had scammers approach them at home and via email in efforts to retrieve payment and other personal information.
Bandera Electric encourages members to be aware of due dates and possible delinquency or disconnection. Being mindful of account information can help to protect members from scammers.
Also, BEC may provide courtesy calls to notify members of delinquencies. If a member receives a call that seems suspicious; call Bandera Electric and ask about the account status.
"BEC's priority is your safety and the safety of your information," said a spokesman. "If you have been contacted by a fraudulent person or agency, please contact your local law enforcement agency to report the crime."
BEC representatives are available at 866-226-3372 between 8 am and 5 pm. Monday through Friday to assist members with these concerns.