Several months ago we alerted members about this scam. The scam artists appear to now be targeting commercial accounts in our area. Scammers misrepresenting themselves as co-op employees may call and threaten to turn off electric service if payment is not made immediately. Typically, victims are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak or other prepaid debit card and instructed to provide the card number to the caller.
What to do if you get a call:
Never provide a SS#, credit/debit card# or banking info to anyone requesting it by phone, online or in person, unless you initiated contact, and feel confident with who you are speaking. If you're contacted by someone claiming to be a Palmetto Electric employee, call your local Palmetto Electric office for verification, and notify local authorities about the scam.
Hilton Head 843-681-5551;
New River 843-208-5551;