Scammers Targeting REA Customers
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 21, 2018
Scammers are threatening Big Horn Basin residents with electricity shutoffs that have no merit.
That’s according to officials at Big Horn Rural Electric, who say they received more than a dozen phone calls yesterday from customers who reported that they were told that their electricity was about to be shut off for non-payment, by someone claiming to be from Big Horn REA.
Sheila Campbell with Member Services at the utility, says that calls began coming in after 9 a.m. from Meeteetse, Burlington, and the Ten Sleep area. She says that their customers are reporting that someone representing Big Horn REA is telling them that their bill is past due, and if they don’t pay within an hour, then someone will be over to pull their meter. Campbell says that in reality, the process to shut off someone’s electricity for non-payment takes weeks.
Campbell urges residents to be skeptical if someone calls threatening to shut off their electricity, and to never, ever give out payment information to someone who calls asking for money.