New York State Police in the Southern Tier are warning about a telephone scam.

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Troopers have recently gotten several complaints from businesses where a caller claiming to be with New York State Electric and Gas threaten to cut utility service unless immediately paid using a prepaid debit card.  The scam even provides a call back number with a recorded greeting similar to what you might hear from NYSEG.

Authorities say never trust anyone who calls you and asks you to make a payment using a prepaid card.

If you have any questions about your bill, call NYSEG directly without using the number provided by the caller.