MECOSTA COUNTY — Great Lakes Energy members are warned that they could receive a phone call advising them to call several 900 pay-per-call numbers to avoid high billing charges.

The caller claims that the GLE member’s electric bill will be estimated because they couldn’t read the meter. The member is then given several 900 pay-per-call numbers to call to avoid the charges.

Great Lakes Energy officials stress the caller’s story is false. Great Lakes Energy members are not required to report meter readings because the electric cooperative has automated meters that automatically report readings to the company.

Great Lakes Energy serves more than 125,000 customers in 26 counties in western and northern Michigan, from Kalamazoo to the Mackinac Straits.

Anyone who receives this phone call should ignore the instructions, hang up, and report the incident to local law enforcement authorities by calling the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety at (231) 527-0005 or the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 592-0150.