Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members in the Hotchkiss area have recently reported receiving scam phone calls from individuals posing as DMEA employees. The scammers are using more sophisticated technology to ensure DMEA's 1-877-687-3236 number appears on caller IDs and are providing fake names, employee ID numbers and supervisor names. They are demanding payment and threatening disconnection. DMEA urges members to be extra vigilant and trust their gut when they receive calls from individuals demanding money or information.
"When in doubt, just call the office. We follow a multi-step process to alert members who are at risk of disconnection and we never demand individuals give us their credit card information over the phone," stressed Greg Hobbs, DMEA member services supervisor.
Members who may be at risk of disconnection, receive a written notice and automated call. Members that receive threatening calls from individuals are encouraged to confirm the status of their account by calling DMEA directly at 1-877-687-3632 and report the fraudulent call to local law enforcement.
"Unfortunately, we see the scam calls cycle through our area at least once a year. Each time, the callers use different tactics to seem more legitimate. It's always better to be safe than sorry," said Hobbs.
In addition to calling DMEA's office directly to confirm their account status, members can also access their accounts and make payments 24/7 at www.dmea.com through SmartHub.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.