Big Bear Lake, CA, March 28, 2014 – Telephone scammers have been trying to swindle utility customers in Big Bear in recent weeks. Bear Valley Electric Service says several customers–mostly small business owners–have been called by people posing as BVE representatives. The callers try to pressure customers for their credit card numbers and other personal information to avoid having their power shut off.

BVES Director Harry Scarborough says these types of scams have been increasing across the country, and added that his employees do not call customers with such aggressive threats.

Any customer suspecting a phone scam should hang up immediately, call BVES to verify their account status, and report the incident to the Sheriff’s Station.

If a customer believes they have been a victim of this scam, they can report it online to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force at