New scam targets Duke Energy customers

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duke Energy is warning customers of a scam targeting small businesses. The scammers are calling businesses, like restaurants, right before their busiest time saying the power will be turned off in an hour if they don't pay a past due bill immediately.

"They catch you in a set of circumstance where they hope you will not think it through," said Davis Montgomery, with Duke Energy.

He says past due accounts are handle through several notices. "It's a multi-step process that takes several weeks. We will never call you at the spur of the moment, give you one-hour notice and tell you that your power is about to be disconnected. We will never ask you for a debit card over the phone."

Duke Energy recommends if you get a call demanding payment to hang up and call Duke Energy customer service or police.