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Central Illinois
Small businesses being hit by utilities phone scam
June 27, 2014

Small businesses in the Central Illinois area are being hit by telephone schemers. “Your Ameren Illinois business account is past due and set to be shut off within the next two hours,” is the message business owners are hearing when receiving these calls during busy business hours. To avoid shut off, the victim is instructed to pay the bill via prepaid cash card. Ameren Illinois advises individuals to hang up and call Ameren, or whichever provider the schemer is posing as. Legitimate utility companies will not demand businesses or individuals to pay via prepaid cash card, much less they will not call you directly asking for payment within such a short time period.

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