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Black Hills warns of phone scam

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

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/MShKeH ) 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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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com