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SC Attorney General warns of phone scam

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A sophisticated phone scam has the attorney general asking the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for help.

The phone scam is targeting South Carolina's electric cooperative customers, according to the attorney general, Alan Wilson.

Wilson said he has asked SLED to investigate the scam that is defrauding customers across the state on Tuesday.

The scam consists of a person pretending to be an employee of the cooperative and then demands payment or their utility will be turned off, Wilson said. The scammer tells the customer to buy a prepaid debit card and to call a toll-free number to deliver the serial code on the card, Wilson said.

Once the scammers have the information, they have stolen the money from the card, Wilson said.

"It's imperative that we prevent these thieves from taking advantage of our consumer members," said Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "These are committed criminals who are preying upon some of our most vulnerable citizens."

Wilson said more than 100 utility consumers have been affected by the scam.

To stop from becoming a victim, remember that a electric company will never call or email asking for your password or account number. They will not call to discuss termination of your service. Officials are also warning customers to not trust caller ID since new technology can be used to disguise locations.

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