Nick McWilliams reporting – Scams can affect nearly anyone, and now residents are being warned of being targeted through their electric bill.

American Electric Power Ohio is making anyone with electricity through their company aware of new scams which can be done a variety of ways.

Community and Customer experience Account Manager for the area Jina Duplain says that AEP will never ask for payment personally.

“AEP employees don’t accept payment in person, and will never have you send a [gift] card or make you make a wire transfer. Scammers can approach our customers over the phone, by email or even in person.”

Some scammers are asking for prepaid debit cards or gifts cards as part of the payment.

If anyone feels they have been targeted or have been contacted in person for payment, Duplain asks patrons to contact local law enforcement as well as AEP.

“We would like them to contact us and report it. Representatives can verify the account status. AEP also tracks this information and we work with the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute any scammers.”

Duplain adds that accounts that are late on payments or delinquent will be handled on billing statements or online through their website.

The scam can target low-income families or small businesses.

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