- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s attorney general is warning small businesses that someone claiming to be with National Grid is running a scam over supposed late payments.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says his office has been contacted by at least two small business owners who were recently scammed out of hundreds of dollars.

The person supposedly calling from National Grid says the account holder’s electricity will be shut off immediately unless they purchase a pre-paid debit card, or “Green Dot” card, to cover the overdue balance.

The person calling may have had specific account information, including account number and other details, making the call seem legitimate.

Kilmartin says National Grid never demands direct payment over the phone and never by a pre-paid debit card. He says the scams are getting more sophisticated.

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