BULLHEAD CITY, AZ. – Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) members need to be aware of potential scams. Members called the MEC Member Services Office after receiving both an automated and live person call with caller ID’s that inaccurately state they are coming from Mohave Electric.
The recorded message and live person call had a similar dialogue: “This is the power company. If you don’t pay over the phone, we will disconnect” or a close variation. We have also received similar reports of dialogue, “Upgrade your meter to a smart meter or your power will be disconnected.” This is not a message from MEC. “The members reporting this to us are taking the proper precaution,” said Jon Martell, Chief Operating Officer. “If in doubt, call. We do not want any of our members getting caught in such a scam.”
MEC will never ask for payment over the phone and does not disconnect after hours, on weekends, or MEC recognized holidays. “Do not provide personal or bank information over the phone unless you are 100 percent sure you know who you’re talking to,” Martell said. “If you aren’t sure, hang up the phone and call the business in question.” Members may also call (928) 763-1100 to verify their account status during normal business hours.
Founded in 1946, Mohave Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility providing reliable, cost-effective power to 36,700 members, 42,500 meters, with more than 1,555 miles of line spanning areas from Bullhead City to Topock on the west, Hualapai to Burro Creek to the south, and Nelson to the east. MEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.