Scammers impersonating Palmetto Electric Cooperative employees have been active in recent weeks, both on the telephone and in person.
President and CEO Berl Davis said alert co-op members have reported both types of scamming in recent weeks. In the telephone scam, the caller poses as a representative of Palmetto Electric. The scam caller states that immediate payment is needed to avoid disconnection of electric service.
"Don't give out credit card numbers and personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you've initiated the contact or are sure you know who you're dealing with," Davis said.
Anyone who receives a suspicious call, mailing, email or other type of unusual contact should end the call immediately and contact local law enforcement.
Davis said co-op members also have reported being approached by individuals who falsely claimed to be with the cooperative. Davis said members can easily identify cooperative employees. "Co-op employees will always be wearing a Palmetto Electric Cooperative uniform and-or driving a co-op vehicle with our name and official logo on it. They will be glad to show photo identification to anyone who requests it," Davis said.
The cooperative sometimes hires other companies, including contract utility crews, to perform certain tasks, such as right-of-way maintenance, line construction and pole inspections. These workers should not need enter a member's home or business or request information from a member.
Members can call the cooperative at 843-208-5551 if they have questions about their account or if they receive a suspicious call or wish to verify a Palmetto Electric employee.