HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Pee Dee Electric Cooperative is warning customers of a possible fraud: people are going house to house, claiming to work for PDEC, and offering to fix damaged base meters for a fee.
PDEC members are responsible for contacting an electrician and getting their meter base and/or weather head, if it was damaged during the storm, according to a Facebook post from the electric company.
PDEC has had reports of people going house, claiming they work for the co-op, and telling members their meter base is damaged and needs to be repaired before power can be resorted. They then offer to fix the meter base for a fee.
"Please be advised that these are not cooperative employees and under no circumstances will Pee Dee Electric employees be taking payments for any type of repairs in the field," the PDEC post states.
PDEC provides the following tips to avoid possible imposters:
-Ask for identification - All Pee Dee Electric employees and contractors carry photo identification badges, and are required to display their badge if asked. We encourage you to ask for identification.
-If you are unsure about an employee's identification, or want to verify the nature of the work to be done at your home, call us at (866) 747-0060 or (843) 665-4070.
Read more tips from PDEC here:
If you have wires sagging, leaning or on the ground on your property, call PDEC toll free at 866-747-0060 so they can be disconnected. The company advises you to treat all wires as live and do not touch them.