- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont electric utilities are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection if they do not pay immediately.

The Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power say Burlington customers have received calls claiming to be from GMP. Consumers got a fake toll-free number to call, which was answered by a recording claiming to be at GMP.

The utilities say they follow state rules and do not demand credit card information or alternate payment mechanisms from a customer for any purpose.

Customers receiving such calls are urged not to provide personal or financial information. They can call their utilities at the number on their electric bill. And they can call the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program at 800.649.2424.

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