SVEC warns customers of scam about accounts

Posted: January 22, 2013

Star staff report

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has learned of a scam in which a member was recently contacted by a person stating that they were an SVEC employee and instructed to pay the delinquent amount owed on their account immediately by purchasing a Green Dot Visa card.

“First and foremost, we want our members to know that the cooperative will communicate about potential termination of electric service with them through a mailed notification, not through a phone call asking the member to pay for their service by credit card,” SVEC President and CEO Myron Rummel said in a Monday press release.

“Unfortunately, a member of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has fallen victim to this crime. The local authorities have been notified and will follow up as necessary.”

Rummel suggested that if members have any questions about their account, they can contact SVEC for more information. Local customers can call 540-450-0111.

Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves approximately 90,000 meters, including customers in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties.