Sioux Valley Energy is warning co-op members to be aware of potential electric utility scams. Vice President of Human Resources and Member Services Debra Biever says scammers can strike any time of year, but they seem to increase during months with more extreme temperatures.
Some of the common electric utility scams include a caller claiming to be a Sioux Valley Energy employee. The caller will often demand immediate payment over the phone and do so in a very threatening manner. Sioux Valley Energy is encouraging its members to be aware of red flags to avoid becoming a victim.
One of those is receiving a call demanding immediate payment over the phone. Another is a call asking for personal banking information to process a refund, or a visit from someone in an unmarked vehicle.
Anything suspicious should be reported to the company.
For more information on consumer scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission Scam Alert website at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts.