Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation is warning customers about a scam in which callers allege customers have overdue power bills that must be paid to avoid having their electricity shut off.
The utility issued the warning recently by email.
The callers pose as utility employees and demand immediate payments by pre-paid credit card or with sensitive bank account information, according to the utility.
"Jones-Onslow would never contact their members to obtain account or personal information," said Steve Goodson, JOEMC Energy Services vice president. “If you ever doubt the identity of someone claiming to represent your electric cooperative over the phone, please hang up and call your cooperative's office using the phone number listed on your bill or another official document."
Jones-Onslow urges customers to notify family and friends of the scams.