Blue Ridge Electric wants to make its members aware of scam
artists targeting its members.
A commonly reported scenario is for a scam artist to call a
member saying they are behind on their electric bill and must make a payment immediately to avoid
disconnection of their electricity service. The scam artists ask for financial information, such as
credit card or banking numbers , as well as the member's Blue Ridge Electric account
The scammers sound very realistic, even giving members a phone number to
call which is being answered as if it's Blue Ridge Electric, BREMCO officials
Unfortunately, at least one member has reported falling victim to the scam and three
other members contacted the cooperative, narrowly escaping the scam, officials said. Blue Ridge
Electric asks members to be aware and to let friends, neighbors and relatives know about the scam to
help avoid anyone else falling victim to this crime.
The cooperative offers the following
tips to help members avoid falling victim to this scam:
- Blue Ridge Electric never calls
members demanding immediate payment to avoid disconnection. If someone contacts you, never give out
personal financial information or your personal Blue Ridge Electric account information.
Members are encouraged to call a local Blue Ridge Electric office or the cooperative's toll-free
number to check out any phone calls or contacts they receive from someone claiming to be a
representative of Blue Ridge Electric: (800) 451-5474; Caldwell: 754-9071; Watauga: 264-8894; Ashe:
846-7138; and Alleghany: 372-4646.
- Always report suspicious calls or contacts to your
local law enforcement authorities and to Blue Ridge Electric.
Additionally, a past scam
scenario has been for someone posing as a utility representative to visit a home or businesses
asking for immediate payment to avoid disconnection of service. Never let anyone inside your home
who claims to be from Blue Ridge Electric unless you first call one of the numbers provided above.
Furthermore, be aware that Blue Ridge Electric will never visit you to ask for payment and linemen
very rarely, if ever, need access inside your home. Blue Ridge Electric employees may, on
occasion, be dispatched to a member's home for unscheduled routine maintenance. If a visitor or
caller claims to be associated with Blue Ridge Electric and is unable or unwilling to provide
their name and employee identification card, do not let the person inside and immediately call law
enforcement authorities and Blue Ridge Electric at any of numbers provided above.
Ridge Electric reminds members: Whether contacted by phone or in person, never give out any type
of personal information, including your financial information and Blue Ridge Electric account
Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe,
Alleghany, Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. For more information,
visit http://www.BlueRidgeEMC.com or
call a local Blue Ridge Electric