Missoula Electric Cooperative has recently been alerted to three instances of employee impersonation.
In Florence, an individual claimed to be from the "Missoula Co-op" conducting in-home energy audits, while in Missoula, two men in an unmarked truck posed as "Missoula Co-op" employees needing access for electrical equipment and to document their circuitry with photos and later robbed a home. In Clinton, a person in a yellow safety vest attempted to enter a property under the pretext of checking for gas leaks.
MEC clarified that they don't conduct random energy audits, handle gas, and emphasized that they will always be driving a clearly marked company vehicle and will be able to confirm your account information.
When in doubt, close and lock your door and try to get a description of their vehicle and call Missoula Electric Cooperative directly to verify. If necessary, call 911.
Another, unrelated scam in Montana involves your property tax rebate. Some scams are phishing attempts to steal your identity, others are charging a fee for fake services or charge a fee to get you your 17 digit geo code which is available for free online…and yet others will attempt to impersonate you and gain unauthorized access to your account.
To avoid fraud, and to find your geocode for yourself, you should apply for your rebate online at GetMyRebate.mt.gov before October 1, 2023.