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     The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a telephone scam that is now active in the area.  Someone is telephoning customers of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC) from a number in the Dallas, Texas area having the area code 915.

     The caller informs the NAEC customer that their account is past due and will be disconnected unless the customer pays over the phone by credit card. 

     The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the local NAEC office that these calls are scams and attempts to defraud.  NAEC does not make calls asking customers to settle accounts over the phone by credit card. 

    Any person receiving a telephone call of this kind is strongly encouraged not to verify any information or release any credit card information or other personal identifying information over the telephone.  NAEC customers may call the Mountain Home NAEC Office at (870) 425-2141 to make inquiries about their account if they have any questions.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff