GLE Utility Scam

July 28, 2014

A Great Lakes Energy Cooperative member was contacted today by scammers attempting to collect money. The electric member, a local business in Gaylord, was contacted by phone by a person posing to be with Great Lakes Energy. The caller had an accent and threatened to shut off the member’s electric service if the account was not paid immediately.

The GLE member wisely hung up and called his electric cooperative to report the incident. The member received confirmation from Great Lakes Energy that the call requesting payment was a scam.

This is the same scam that was reported in June by another GLE member. Other utility customers across the country have also been targets of similar scams.

Any GLE member who receives a call from someone claiming to be from Great Lakes Energy and feels pressured for immediate payment or personal information is advised to hang up the phone and call their electric cooperative. Great Lakes Energy members can call 1-888-485-2537 and speak to any GLE member service representative. Co-op members, or any consumer, should never give out personal information, including financial account numbers or social security numbers, over the phone or internet to someone they do not know.

Great Lakes Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative utility serving more than 125,000 members in 26 counties.

Newborn Found in Newaygo County

A newborn baby is found on the side of the road in Newaygo County. According to the Sheriff's Office, the baby was found yesterday morning, near White Cloud, by someone who was walking their dog. The newborn still had the umbilical cord attached to her. The baby was found with bumps and bruises but is alive and was sad to be less than six hours old. The 14-year-old mother was found and her and the baby were both taken to Gerber Hospital in Fremont. Both are in fair condition. It is unknown if the mother will face criminal charges. Under Michigan's "safe haven" law, a person can give up a newborn within 72 hours of birth to an emergency provider.

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