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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 4:16 p.m.

Duquesne Light issued a warning on Thursday about scam artists pretending to be utility workers who threaten to terminate customers' service if bills aren't paid immediately.

“A few customers have reported receiving calls stating that if payment isn't made immediately, their service will be terminated the same day,” company spokesman Joseph Vallarian said. “The callers are also directing customers to purchase ‘pre-paid' type credit cards to pay off the alleged amount.”

Duquesne Light does not call customers on the day of a scheduled termination for non-payment, nor does it ask customers to purchase pre-paid payment cards, Vallarian said.

Anyone receiving these calls should hang up and call Duquesne Light at 412-393-7100 and the local police department.

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