SECO Energy learned on Monday afternoon that a Marion County couple’s home was burglarized while they were distracted by an imposter representing himself as a SECO employee.
The scammer posed as a SECO worker assigned to assess a project to upgrade lines and transformers on the couple’s property. The male imposter was well-dressed, driving a white SUV and was seemingly educated about the local area and electric services. The couple discovered that while they were lured to the back of their property by the imposter, their residence was burglarized by an accomplice. The crime was reported to Marion County law enforcement and is being investigated.
CEO Jim Duncan cautions members, “If you are approached by an individual claiming to be a SECO employee or contractor, immediately request to see a SECO ID badge. The SECO logo should be visible on all SECO Energy-issued ID badges. SECO employee and contractor vehicles are required to display the SECO Energy logo. If a logo is not visible on the badge or vehicle, immediately disengage from the situation and contact law enforcement. Exercise caution and stay safe.”
Keep in mind that phone, online and in-person scammers continue to threaten disconnection of service if payment is not immediately rendered either by producing cash, credit card information or a money gram type card for payment. Do not fall for these scams. Check your account status at online or contact the cooperative by phone or email to verify.
If in doubt, close the door or hang up. Reach out directly to SECO. Read more about scams in our Newsroom blog to protect your family.
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