- Associated Press - Saturday, September 13, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Power Co. is warning its customers to be on the lookout for a new type of scam.

The company says scammers are sending text messages warning that a payment is due immediately. The text message lists the name of a bill payment company and a reference number to use in paying the bill.

Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott says the reference number could belong to anyone and once the money is transferred it is almost impossible to trace.

Pigott says customers with questions about their accounts can call a 24-hour customer service number, 1-800-245-2244.

Pigott says text messages are a new twist by scammers. Last year, some of Alabama Power’s business and residential customers got phone calls from scammers about fake bills, and the callers asked for financial information.

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