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New Bern officials warn residents of utility scam

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 26 2013 05:52:35 PM CST

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

The City of New Bern is warning residents of a scam targeting utility customers.

According to the city's Facebook page, several commercial utility customers have received phone calls from a group claiming to be Duke Power. The calls threatened the customers to pay their utility bills in one hour or their utilities would be disconnected.

The caller left an 800 number for payment. This is a fraudulent scheme to solicit money, the City of New Bern stated. Customers are urged not to send any money.

Customers with concerns about their utility bills may contact the City of New Bern at 252-639-2814 during business hours. To report an outage or utility emergency, call 252-636-4070 anytime.