- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A natural gas utility is warning its customers in Nebraska about a phone scam.

Black Hills Energy says fraudulent callers are contacting customers and telling them they have a small window of time to pay an outstanding bill. They threaten to discontinue service within a half hour.

The company says the callers are targeting certain communities and customers who may not fully understand traditional billing and marketing practices.

Black Hills Energy serves 197,000 natural gas customers in Nebraska. It is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., an energy company based in Rapid City, S.D. Aside from Nebraska it has customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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