Electric company warning customers of scam in Big Sandy Area

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative is warning their customers about a scam in Eastern Kentucky.

President and general manager, David Estepp, says the man's looks are deceiving. "He is dressed like a utility worker, driving a vehicle similar to ours...does not have our emblem or name on it but if someone is not paying attention they can really be deceived," explains Estepp.

Officials say initial reports of the poser came from the Blue River area of Floyd County...causing some concern for customers.

Shawn Wilks says, "It is startling that someone is posing and going around to collect money...shocking that someone would be brazen enough to do that."

They say the man asked for money, or their electric would be cut off...something Estepp says a Big Sandy worker would never do.

Estepp says, "Our workers do not ask for money in the filed. They are not allowed to and we do not request for payments in the field, we request they come to the office or pay over the phone."

Officials at Big Sandy RECC are asking their customers to use extra caution until the man they say is an imposter is caught.

"Look for I.D. on the vehicles, ask for employees identification, and if you question their identity give us a call and we will let them know if we have someone in that area working," says Estepp.

Hoping the extra caution will save their customers from making a phony payment.

Big Sandy RECC officials say luckily customers who reported the man knew they had paid their bills and did not give him any money.

Officials ask anyone who sees this man to contact their local police department.

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