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Georgia EMC: Phone scam cannot be stopped, continues to spread

Georgia’s Electric Cooperative, Georgia EMC is warning electricity customers about a new, sophisticated phone scam that continues to make its way around the state.

The advanced ploy that manipulates caller ID systems and scammers are after quick cash, social security and credit card numbers.

Leslie Thompson, spokeswoman with Cobb EMC, said the utility company hasn’t seen any cases of that specific scam but has seen an uptick in the last six to eight months of bogus calls, according to a press release issued by the entity.

EMC officials believe the problem will get worse before it gets better. From the press release:

Somehow the ne’er-do-wells have found a way to replace a burner phone’s number with the number of an EMC. A person on the line tells the customer their service will be cut off if they don’t buy a pre-paid card and pony up right away.

Even if you miss the phony call and ring the number back, you’ll hear the EMC’s exact on-hold message before speaking to someone.

The EMCs are having a difficult time getting the word out and are asking Georgians to share the information with as many people as possible.

“There’s no way to trace it or have it disconnected,” one cooperative vice president of member services said. “I don’t know how they do it.”

EMC companies do not call and solicit payment over the phone. If you’re not sure if the person you’re on the phone with is legitimate, just hang up.