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DREMC Warns about Scam

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) warns members about recent phone scams impacting several communities in which the caller demands immediate payment be rendered to avoid disconnection of services.

The phone calls are reported to be from the 615 area code, and the callers identify themselves as DREMC personnel. The cooperative reminds members that all calls coming from a legitimate DREMC office will have a 931 area code.

The details of the scam calls vary but have a consistent theme of threatening disconnection if immediate payment is not issued. The following should be considered red flags:
• Threatening or abusive language.
• Requests to issue payment through a gift card or non-DREMC app.
• Short timeframes to issue a payment.
• Calls made outside of normal business hours—8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

DREMC will never request that payment be made through any non-DREMC app or through the purchase of any type of prepaid gift card. All payments are handled through the DREMC website, over the phone or in-person at one of the eight district offices.

Members are encouraged to hang up and call their local DREMC office to verify their account status should they receive a phone call requesting a balance be paid.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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