Scam targets KU customers by threatening to cut power

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RICHMOND, Ky (WKYT)- A scam is making the rounds that involves fake phone calls of supposed utility workers claiming to be with KU.

A salon owner in Richmond had a close call with one scammer and wants to get the word out so others won't be duped.

A monthly utility bill of $500 isn't unheard of at Plus 1 Hair Studio.

But, when someone called owner Lane Taylor and demanded that amount, he wasn't buying it because he'd paid his bill on time.

"He said, 'You'll have to make a payment with a Visa or debit card," he said. "I said, I'm not going to do that, I've got a confirmation number. He said we'll be out in the area within 30-45 minutes to disconnect the service."

We decided to call the scammer back Monday and once again, the person at the other end of the line threatened service disconnection.

The scammer asks you to go to some place like a CVS and buy prepaid cards.

They then transfer the money into their own account.

It's a crime that's prompted LG&E and KU to remind customers that they will never call and ask for credit or debit card numbers or other personal information.

The utility also says if you get a suspicious call, hang up and call them, in addition to police.

While this scam involves telephone calls, KU says if someone claiming to be with them comes to your door ask for identification.

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