Black Hills warns of phone scam

The screen on the phone console at the reception desk at The Associated Press Washington bureau, Monday, May 13, 2013. The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
The screen on the phone console at the reception desk at The Associated Press Washington bureau, Monday, May 13, 2013. The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – A utility company that serves Kansas and other states is warning about a scam targeting its customers.

Black Hills Energy says callers posing as representatives tell customers they must make a payment quickly or their services will be disconnected. Black Hills says the scammers use technology that displays its number on caller ID.

Black Hills is a natural gas and electric utility with more than 600,000 customers in Kansas, Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska.

The company says the scam may be targeting small businesses and customers who may have trouble understanding English and billing practices.

Black Hills says if someone calls claiming to represent a local utility and demands immediate payment or personal information, hang up and call the customer service number listed on a utility bill.

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