Fraudulent Phone Scam
September 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
KCEC Again Targeted by Fraudulent Calls
A scam that made its way to KCEC, has again surfaced in the KCEC service area. Scammers try to trick consumers into going to Smith's to make a payment. The most recent known fraudulent incident in the KCEC service area occurred the evening of September 22, 2014, in which a business was contacted and informed if immediate payment was not received, their power would be disconnected.
The scammers in this instance called from 1-800-437-6027. The business was transferred from Leo to Dexter to Eric. KCEC encourages our members not to provide any account information. If you receive a call and it seems suspicious, do not make a payment; call Kit Carson Electric and ask about your account status.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a KCEC representative, gather as much information as possible from the caller. We are working with the District Attorney office and law enforcement agencies. Any information that can be provided may help us to stop fraudulent activities that are occurring across New Mexico and other cooperatives throughout the U.S.
You may also call local law enforcement, and the Federal Trade Commission if you are contacted by a fraudulent person or agency. KCEC representatives are available at 575-758-2258 of 800-688-6780 between 8:00a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Keep in mind KCEC would never ask you to make a payment at a Smith's or Wal-Mart and KCEC would not refuse a credit card payment.