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Residents Receiving Utility Bill Scam Calls

Last updated on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

(UNDATED) - The state attorney general’s office says Indiana residents are receiving telephone calls from impostors who ask them to pay delinquent utility bills.

The agency says the callers pretend to be utility company employees and may threaten to disconnect their gas or electricity.

The scammers, demand payment, but refuse to accept checks or credit card payments. Instead, they ask the customer to buy a prepaid debit card and call them back with the PIN number. The state says that allows the callers to get money and avoid being traced.

The state says consumers who get such calls should hang up and directly contact their utility company.

The attorney general's office warns some of the callers use devices that allow them to show up as a local utility company on caller ID.

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