Protect Yourself Against Scammers

It is an unfortunate fact of life that there are unscrupulous individuals in the world that will do their best to separate us from our money. Electric customers have increasingly been targets of scams that involve demands for immediate payment of electric bills, bogus checks, unneeded home repairs, and even identity theft. The following general rules can help you protect yourself and others from fraud:  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Something for nothing” schemes entrap thousands of people each year. A little common sense goes a long way in avoiding this type of scam.  If in doubt, stop. Give credit to what is sometimes referred to as your “gut feeling”. If a story seems not quite right to you… stop. You can do some research and confirm that the information you are being provided is correct and complete.  Fiercely guard your personal information. We cannot repeat this enough. Unless you can confirm that the person is an employee of VEC, do not provide any type of personal information to them. Report any suspicious activity to your local police. If law enforcement is made aware of a potential problem, they are better able to take action or inform others regarding a potential scam.  Call VEC if you have questions or concerns. We are happy to talk to you and provide information.