(WOIO) - Columbia Gas of Ohio is warning its customers to beware of a telephone scam that has surfaced in several areas in Ohio over the past few days.
The scam is apparently targeted at both individual customers, as well as small businesses. A caller claiming to be from Columbia Gas informs the customer that they owe money from their past bill and must pay immediately or face termination of service. Business owners are instructed to make the transaction by purchasing a money pack card, and then calling a toll free number to complete the transaction.
Columbia Gas wants to remind customers that the company never asks for prepaid debit cards for payment and provides at least two business days for customers to make a payment before service is terminated. Customers having questions about their account should call Columbia at 1-800-344-4077. Customers believing they have been a victim of payment fraud are encouraged to contact their local authorities, as well.
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