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Covington Electric is warning its customers that scammers are working to steal their hard-earned money.
This week, notices were being stuffed into billing statements to alert customers.
"So far, it's only happened with commercial customers, but we want to warn our residential customers too," said Pennie Hendrix, a representative for the utility.
The scammers, said Hendrix, have called customers and threatened to cut their electricity off if bills are not paid using a Green Dot Money Pak card or credit card.
Covington Electric doesn't contact its customers before services are cut off.
"That's just not our policy," she said. "If you receive a similar call, please call us immediately at 476-7104."
Additionally, customers who receive calls of this nature are asked to contact the Covington Police Department at 475-1261.

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