Scammers target Oxford Electric customers

town_oxford_greenBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

OXFORD – Callers posing as representatives of the Oxford Electric Department (OED) are targeting commercial customers of the utility to try to scam them into making payments by phone.

Superintendent Rob Neely said this is a recurring problem, and the current group of scammers appear to be operating from a western state.

“Oxford Electric Department would like their customers to be aware of fraudulent calls being made demanding payment and threatening service disconnection,” Neely said. “These calls have been made from a 1-800 number and are in no way associated with Oxford Electric Department or the City of Oxford. OED is working with the Oxford Police Department investigating these calls.

“Customers should be aware that OED would never ask for moneygram payments over the phone, or for money to install a new meter at your home or business. Any questions about your current account status can be determined by calling OED directly at (662) 232-2373.”