Central VA Electric Cooperative Releases Warning of Scam

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Central Virginia Electric Cooperative
Press Release

LOVINGSTON, VA – Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has recently learned of a scam in which a few members were contacted by a person stating he represented the Cooperative, and that the members needed to pay a delinquent amount owed on their CVEC account or face disconnection of service. The caller then tried to sell the members a Green Dot Card to pay the supposedly past due balance.

The Co-op wants its members to know that if they are delinquent, the member will first receive a written notice on their next electric bill, and then the member will receive a computer generated call from the Co-op, if we have a phone number on file.  The phone message will tell the member to return a call to CVEC, at which time, they be told that their account is past due and subject to disconnection. No third party has access to a CVEC account information and no third party is authorized speak on behalf of CVEC to its members.

If a member receives one of these scam calls offering a Green Dot Card, please hang up. It is NOT a call from Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and any purchase of the card will not be applied to the member's electricity bill.

CVEC Member Services Manager, Greg Kelly said. "We want our members to be aware that scammers have reportedly contacted a few of our members in the last couple of days and the remainder should be aware and alert to this scam."  If members have any questions about their account, they should call the Co-op for more information (800-367-2832)"

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit, electric utility serving the rural portions of 14 Virginia counties.