MEA would like to take this opportunity to remind community members of several red flags of fraud.
- Will not ask members to meet in person to pay a bill
- Will not send members to a location (other than an MEA office) to make a payment
- Will not ask members to call an 800 number to make a bill payment
- Will not accept credit card information directly from members (as of February 2015)
- Will refer or transfer members to our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) number (888-478-6714) or suggest payment through our website, https://mea.smarthub.coop/Login.html:
We urge anyone who believes they have received a fraudulent email or phone call to report it with MEA as soon as possible, 761-9300 (Mat-Su) or 689-9300 (Eagle River).
Members can formally report fraud through either of these sites: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or https://www.stopfraud.gov.
Fraud updates and member accounts
January 4, 2017: We received two similar reports from members receiving fraudulent calls from a man stating he was from MEA and the power would be shut off in 45 minutes if they didn’t make a payment. The caller claimed to be from the MEA billing department.
July 8, 2016: Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) has notified MEA that their members have also been receiving calls informing them that power will be disconnected unless they are able to make an immediate electronic payment. MTA is not an electric cooperative, but both MTA and MEA members have been receiving these fraudulent calls. Please- if you believe you may have been contacted by and MEA or MTA impersonator threatening to disconnect your power, contact us.
June 28, 2016: We have received calls from members that scammers are now able to generate a false caller ID number to match an MEA landline. Please- if you are unsure if it is an MEA representative calling you, do not hesitate to contact us.
March 1, 2016: MEA continues to receive reports from our local businesses and members that they are receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be an MEA representative. These fraudulent callers demand payment be made immediately to avoid disconnect and proceed to provide members with a 1-800 phone number and work order number. They urge members to make credit card payments to them over the phone or cash payments at the nearest Safeway Store location.