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Scam alert! . . . continued from page 1.


“We instructed our member to report the scam to the Attorney General’s office. She was very appreciative of the information we gave her,” Hawkins said.


In Ada, Okla., a People’s Electric Cooperative (PEC) member also fell victim to the Green-Dot Prepaid Card scam. This time, a Hispanic gentleman, who always paid his bills in advance, purchased a $500 Green-Dot Prepaid card. He received a similar after-hours call from someone stating they were collecting payment on behalf of PEC.


According to PEC’s Senior Vice President of Administrative Services, Carlton Tilley, the member—who bought the Green- Dot Prepaid Card at a local Walgreens in May—called PEC when he got his June bill and saw that he had no credit in his account for the $500 he had paid.


“We instructed the member to call the local Sheriff’s office,” Tilley said. “It’s


very unfortunate. We wonder how they are doing this and how they know our members.”


Tilley said PEC sends a written notice to members who have missed a payment. The co-op may also distribute door hangers to warn of possible cutoff or give a courtesy call to the member about their past-due account.


A Hispanic member of Harmon Electric Association based in Hollis, Okla., reported a similar call, requesting that they purchase a Green-Dot Prepaid card or have their power disconnected.


Some local media channels have reported the Green Dot Prepaid Purchase Card scam is targeting utility customers, mostly of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC)—a service-oriented organization representing Oklahoma’s


PEC Board Appoints Trett P Jenny Trett


eople’s Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jenny Trett as the new district 2 Trustee for PEC. The district 2 seat was left vacant due to Matt Holder’s, the previous trustee, move to Weatherford, Oklahoma. 0201000200


Jenny is the Administrator-Division of Treasury for the Chickasaw Nation in Ada, where she is responsible for the oversight of budgeting, financial reporting and procurement.


Ms. Trett is a graduate of Sulphur High School. She received her B.S. degree from East Central University and an MBA from OSU. She and her husband, Ron,


live south of Sulphur with their two children, Keagen and Garrett. Jenny has been a life-long member of People’s Electric Cooperative. Serving those around her is important to Ms. Trett and is one of the reasons she was interested in joining PEC’s Board. “I believe in the philosophy of PEC as a servant organization, working for the best interest of its members,” said Trett.


In addition to many professional memberships, Ms. Trett is active on the Chickasaw Nation Boys & Girls Club executive Board, and is a graduate of both Leadership Murray County and Leadership Oklahoma.


“On behalf of the PEC Board of Trustees, I would like to thank all the qualified members who applied,” stated Dr. Laurin Patton, PEC Chairman of the Board and President. “It was a very tough decision for the Board, but we believe Ms. Trett will be a great representative of PEC members in district 2.”


Ms. Trett was seated on the Board on June 28, 2012.


28 distribution electric cooperatives— has alerted cooperatives about the potential danger of elderly members also becoming targets.


Sid Sperry, OAEC’s director of public relations, communications and research, explained, “We have notified officials at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and they have in turn contacted the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office.”


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Any co-op member who happens to receive a request for a Green- Dot Prepaid card purchase is urged to contact the Oklahoma Attorney General’s (AG) office, Public Protection Unit, at the following phone numbers: Oklahoma City—405-521- 3921; Tulsa—918-581-2885. More information about the AG’s Public Protection Unit can be found on their website at: http://www.oag.ok.gov/ oagweb.nsf/consumer!openpage


Youth Tour Test Registration Deadline:


October 29, 2012 Who should apply?


grade students enrolled in a school system located in PEC’s service area.


11th 2012-2013 Youth Tour Contest Registration


Name: ___________________________ High School: _______________________ Mailing Address: Street _______________ City _____________ State __________


Zip _______________________________ Home Phone: ______________________ Parent/Guardian Name: ______________


I will be taking the test on: (check one) ____ Monday, November 5 - 6:30 pm. ____ Saturday, November 10 - 10:00 am.


Send registration form to: Sarah Jane Johnson, PEC


P. O. Box 429, Ada, OK 74821-0429


YOUTH TOUR CONTEST REGISTRATION


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