First Electric Cooperative is warning its members to be aware of phone and email scams that could target their money to identities.

In one setup, consumers are threatened with having service disconnected unless they buy a pre-paid debit card or use an online payment service to pay their bill immediately.

In another scam, consumers receive an email that appears to be a bill from an electric utility. When consumers click on the link to pay their bill, malicious software is downloaded to their computers, which searches for passwords and other personal information.

Those who have been contacted by one of these scammers, or a victim or a scam, are encouraged to contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office on its Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-482-8982 or