Why does the Cooperative need my Social Security or Federal ID number?
All utilities are mandated by the federal government to require a credit check through your Social Security number. This soft utility credit report does not affect your credit score, but will help us determine if a deposit is required.
Additionally, FEC is mandated by the federal government to implement an Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect, prevent, and mitigate identity theft in connection with the opening of a utility account. Therefore, an individual applying for service must provide the Cooperative with a valid SSN or other valid Federal ID Number to check for identity theft using an independent consumer reporting agency.
We understand the reservation you may have with providing your SSN; however, FEC must obtain this information in order to be in compliance with 16 CFR Part 681 and in order to protect the identity of the rest of our members.