NEW SCAM ALERT: Scammers posing as Coast Electric collectors

Last week, Coast Electric reported that scammers were knocking on doors claiming to be contracted meter readers for the cooperative. Unfortunately, this week scammers are at it again, but with a new story and more convincing tactics.

A member living off Dedeaux Rd. in Gulfport said someone knocked on her door, claiming to be a Coast Electric collector and also wearing what appeared to be a company shirt. Coast Electric collectors will knock on doors to collect payments so there are certain things members should know before handing over their money. Coast Electric collectors:

  • Will always be in marked company vehicles. Collectors drive white trucks and will have large company logos on the sides of the truck.
  • Collectors will wear shirts with the company logo and their name stitched onto the shirts.
  • Will never ask to come into your home.
  • Will not demand you pay a certain way. Even if a collector comes to your home, you have the option to call and pay over the phone or via the app if you choose.
  • Will provide receipts for cash or check payments.
  • Will be able to tell you your Coast Electric account number if you ask.

If someone comes to your home claiming to be a collector, here are some tips you can use:

  • Think about your account – are your payments up-to-date? If so, there is no reason for a collector to be at your home.
  • Look around. Is the person in a marked vehicle? Can they provide a company badge?
  • Never let anyone into your home. If they ask to come into your home, they are not a Coast Electric employee. (The only exception is if you have called and scheduled an appointment for an energy audit with an energy management specialist.)
  • When in doubt, call 877-769-2372. Coast Electric employees will be happy to verify if an employee has been sent to your home.
  • Call local authorities and call Coast Electric at 877-769-2372 to report the incident.

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