MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Officials with Alabama power said thieves are once again targeting its customers.
This time, they said, the thieves are going after a vulnerable segment of the population.
Beth Thomas with Alabama Power said the thieves are targeting Hispanic and Asian owned businesses, like nail salons and restaurants.
"The scammers have been contacting some of our customers, small businesses, telling them that their power is about to be cut off if they don't make an immediate payment," said Thomas.
Thomas said the crooks may be hoping that business owners become confused or misunderstand the caller.
"The best thing for people to do is to hang up the phone and call us back at a number the customer knows is a legitimate Alabama Power number," said Thomas.
She said at least three businesses have contacted Alabama Power this week, and one has filed a police report with Mobile Police Department.
"We will never call you and ask for your credit card information, we will never call you and ask for your bank information," said Thomas.
Some may wonder how Alabama Power goes about collecting on delinquent accounts.
"If someone is having problems paying their bill, we ask them to contact us by phone or to come in to one of our offices. Many times we can work out some payment arrangements," said Thomas.
Two Mobile nail salon employees told us they've had similar calls in the past. Fortunately, they hung up the phone.
Alabama Power, once again, wants to warn customers to never give your personal information out to someone who has called you on the phone and demands a payment. Instead contact local law enforcement and Alabama Power (800) 245 - 2244.
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