Recently, a member of Wheatland Electric was the victim of a scam attempt. Our member received a phone call on a Saturday morning, demanding payment on a past due bill. The caller identified themselves as being a Wheatland Electric employee and asked for permission to enter the member's house to check her "connections" because she was using "too much energy." Furthermore, the caller told the member that if she refused to let them in they would be disconnected unless they paid $600 right then over the phone.
These types of scams continue to exist throughout our service territory. The scammers are becoming more aggressive and more creative in their attempts to collect money or gain access to personal information or in this case, even your home.
Wheatland would like to remind all of our members that we will never perform maintenance or seek to gain entry into a member's home in this manner. Nor will we attempt to collect on a past due account in this manner. Wheatland Electric encourages its members to always call their local service office directly to verify the authenticity of a caller requesting something out of the ordinary. Never provide personal information over the phone, internet or via email to any person or company without verifying the security and authenticity of the transaction. In addition, Wheatland recommends that anyone who is the victim of a scam attempt report it to local law enforcement immediately