KJAS News received reports on Thursday that scammers are calling local residents and claiming to be with Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative.
One woman said that they pressed her to give them personal information, and they threatened to turn her electricity off if she didn’t. She said that she hung up on them, but they called her back again, so she told them to call the sheriff’s department and then they hung up on her.
Fortunately, she didn’t fall for it and gave them no information.
However, that’s not the case with many people, especially older residents who the scammers target because they are susceptible to falling for the scam. That was the case a few weeks ago when an older lady in northeast Jasper fell for a scam, and a few days later an older lady in Ryall Acres did as well.
Law enforcement officials say if you receive a call from someone purporting to be from an entity and trying to get personal information from, hang up and call that entity directly to confirm that they need to speak to you.