Cloverland Electric warns members of phone scamFriday, October 11, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
(DAFTER, Mi) Cloverland Electric warns members to be aware of a recent phone scam that names the utility.
The co-op was contacted this afternoon from business owners in the Sault Ste. Marie area who had received bogus calls from a caller demanding payment for electricity bills and threatens the disconnection of service.
The caller is falsely stating that he is from Cloverland Electric Cooperative and is asking to speak with the business owner or manager to make payment arrangements. These calls are coming from an 816 Missouri area code.
“Our members did absolutely the right thing. They notified the co-op and did not giving the scammer any personal or financial information,” says Wendy Malaska, director of communications and member services.
Members are encouraged to call the cooperative at 1-800-562-4953 for verification if there is ever any question about the nature of the call or the caller’s identity and to notify local law enforcement if it seems suspicious.
Cloverland reported the incidents to the Michigan State Police.
Established in 1938, Cloverland Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned utility located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula serving approximately 42,000 homes and businesses in Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac, Luce, and Schoolcraft counties. The co-op maintains member service centers in Dafter, DeTour, Newberry and Sault Ste. Marie.