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Members Beware

Members continue to report being targeted with a telephone scam involving buying a MoneyPack. An individual pretending to be from Aiken Electric calls and tells the member that their service will be disconnected unless payment is made right away. Even when the member says they paid, the scammer reports that the co-op billing system did not process their payment and they need to make another payment by purchasing a Money Pack, call the number provided by the scammer and give the receipt and access numbers. The scammer then has access to the Money Pack account and takes the money.

Aiken Electric NEVER asks members to buy a Money Pack and members ALWAYS receive several notices prior to disconnection. If you are contacted with a threat of disconnection and suspect it may be a scam, call the co- op to verify and, also, report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Thank you.

Teamwork, a victory for all

POET MATTIE STEPANEK said it best, “Unity is strength . . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Over the past couple of months, I’ve been able to witness how many moving parts come together to produce tremendous results.

In April, we hosted our fourth annual RUN UNITED race, including Aiken’s first-ever half marathon. Downtown Aiken was filled with so many smiling faces from near and afar. Volunteers put in countless hours of time, sponsors gave openly, and runners came out to participate in the pouring rain.

We had a total of over 450 registered for all three races, allowing more than $20,000 to be raised for United Way of Aiken County’s numerous agencies. This is something of which not only AEC should be proud, but the entire community. We did it together. Mid-May brought our 77th Annual Meeting. On a larger scale, we see this wonderful event take place each year, and may not think of what happens behind the scenes to make it all possible. AEC’s departments come together to plan each detail from the layout to entertainment to prizes; vendors come to provide services and information; dignitaries, visitors and you, our members, take the time to join us, making this our biggest celebration all year.

It’s so rewarding to see the unified efforts of so many come to life. It truly is a victory for all. As the year continues to go by, I look forward to seeing what else we can accomplish together.

Gary L. Stooksbury

Chief Executive Officer

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We would like to try to communicate better with our membership when we have major storms or major events. To do this, we believe it would help if we could communicate with you via email as well as through our website and Facebook page. So, we ask that you click the link to the left, “receive email updates” and complete the registration page or send us your email address(es), along with your account name and service address, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we can update our contact records. We will only use email communication during special situations or for important issues that may affect your service. As always, we will never share or sell your information. Our goal is to provide you the best member service possible, and we appreciate your partnership in that effort. Thank you.

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