Electric scam targets Hispanic community

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GREENWOOD, Del.- Hispanic Members of Delaware Electric Cooperative are the target of a new scam. Over the past several days the Co-op has received concerns from Spanish-speaking members who reported receiving a phone call informing them their electric service was in danger of being disconnected.

The scammers reportedly tell the victims they must purchase a MoneyPak prepaid card and then call 1-888-288-5657 to pay their bill or someone from their electric provider will come to their property, shut off power and confiscate the electric meter.

Delaware Electric Cooperative notifies members of late payment on their bills. The Co-op then follows up with members with several phone calls and an email message before a DEC employee is sent to collect payment or disconnect the service.

The Cooperative would like to remind members never to give their personal information or credit card numbers to anyone suspicious over the phone. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from DEC or any other utility demanding payment, please call Delaware Electric Co-op at 855-332-9090. You can also check the status of your account by calling DEC.

Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility serving 84,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex County, Delaware. For more information visit us on the web at http://www.delaware.coop or http://beatthepeak.coop or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.