In a Facebook post on Feb. 1, the Southgate Police Department made a public service announcement about a scam involving alleged late payments for Duke Energy bills.
According to the post, the scammer advises the resident that they are behind on their payment and that they will cut service in 30 minutes unless they pay at least half of what they owe, which the scammer claims around $300. The scammer knows the exact address and calls the person by their name.
“If you receive a call such as this, disconnect with the caller and call Duke directly to verify if you owe money,” the post said.
The department advises people never to purchase gift cards for their Duke Energy bill and not to give out their bank information and credit or debit card numbers to anyone they do not know.
Anyone with questions can call the Southgate Police Department at (859) 292-3622.