Northern Neck Electric Coop sounding alarm on electricity scam

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Courtesy of Mikhail Nilov

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) issued a statement warning members that its name is at the center of a scam.

Someone is calling NNEC members and telling them that the coop has been bought out by Dominion Energy, and as a result of that deal the members must now pay a surcharge or their meter will be removed.

NNEC received this information directly from its members who received those calls and, in turn, notified the coop.

“We have not been purchased by Dominion Energy. Please disregard this call as a scam,” the August 3 statement from the coop stated.

NNEC's manager of public relations, Kyle Allwine, outlined the coop’s communication habits, noting, “Unless we are returning a call from you, or following up on a request, or giving you a friendly reminder, most notifications will be received by mail."

Therefore, “Members should always be cautious of any calls claiming to be from Northern Neck Electric Cooperative asking for personal or financial information.”

Allwine assured coop members that “no matter the circumstances, reasons given, or even if threats of disconnect are made, members should end the call by hanging up, and call NNEC’s member services team at 804-333-3621 with questions or concerns.”

Anyone who may have already fallen victim to this scam and provided their financial details to a caller involved in this scam is advised to contact their financial institution to report the incident.

NNEC has approximately 16,800 members across six counties, including Lancaster, Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland, King George, and Stafford.

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