weather icon Clear

Scammers targeting VEA members via phone calls

Valley residents are being warned of a scam targeting Valley Electric Association, Inc. members.

Businesses and residential members are reporting calls they receive after business hours and on weekends from callers stating they are VEA employees.

The individuals threaten to shut the victim’s power off unless they make an immediate payment over the phone, VEA said. The callers ask the residents to purchase prepaid credit cards.

VEA stresses that the individuals making the calls are not associated with the co-op, and that they will not call members after business hours or on weekends to discuss billing matters.

Members are warned to not give out their social security numbers, credit card information, birth date, bank account numbers or any other personal information to such callers.

VEA urges members to hang up on the callers immediately and contact Nye County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Mike Eisenlofel by phone at 775-751-7000 or via email at meisenlofel@co.nye.nv.us. Members can also contact Detective Corey Fowles at cfowles@co.nye.nv.us.

VEA also suggests members call the VEA main office at 775-727-5312 to report such instances.

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Jan. 31 filing deadline remains

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding employers and other businesses that wage statements and independent contractor forms still have a Jan. 31 filing deadline.

Sentencing in Nye animal cruelty case

The Nye County District Attorney’s Office announced this fall that a Pahrump citizen convicted of animal cruelty was sentenced to prison by District Judge Robert Lane.

Construction finally getting underway at Pahrump intersection

For two long years, the intersection of Highway 160 and Homestead Road in Pahrump had been languishing in a cone zone limbo as it awaited a return to normal following a water main break that occurred within the Great Basin Water Company system in Nov. 2017.

Pahrump fire crews perform swift-water rescue

Flash flood waters trapped an elderly Pahrump couple inside their vehicle as they were arriving home on Sunday evening, Dec. 8.

Nevada National Security Site employees recognized

Twenty-eight Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) employees have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Secretary’s Honor Awards, the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest form of internal employee recognition.

Nye Superintendent Norton approved for board seat

Nye County School District Superintendent Dale Norton was recently appointed to the board of directors of WestEd, a nonprofit that focuses on improving education and other outcomes, from children to adults.