Clay Electric is warning business owners and commercial account holders that scammers are targeting them.
The company says people pretending to be affiliated with the company are calling up customers with business accounts and demanding payments on delinquent bills.
The most recent scam attempts occured this week in Putnam and Lake Counties.
The scammer demanded payment on a past due bill immediately, and in one case they threatened a restaurant owner with shutting off their electricity.
Wayne Mattox, Communications Manager with Clay Electric says anyone calling and demanding a wire payment should raise a red flag.
"They (customers) should not make payment or do anything like that."
In fact, Mattox says Clay Electric does not operate in this way. He tells WOKV the company sends reminders via mail and also customers will likely receive a call from their automtaed messaging system asking them to arrange payment.
He recommends customers be suspicious of anyone who calls and claims they represent the co-op demanding wire or debit card payment. You can always hang up, and call Clay Electric at 800-224-4917 to verify if payment is owed.