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      Local utility customers targeted in phone scam

      A scam targeting people and businesses across the state continues to hit close to home.

      A scam targeting people and businesses across the state continues to hit close to home.

      Traverse City Light & Power is warning its customers to beware of the scam.

      A TCLP customer received a phone call recently demanding payment for a utility bill. The scammer did specify Traverse City Light & Power during the phone call.

      The resident wasn't fooled by the phone call and took the right actions by contacting the TCLP directly.

      Never give out personal information over the phone, including financial account numbers or social security numbers unless it is someone you know.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill.

      Traverse City Light & Power customers should contact customer service at 231-922-4431 to report any suspicious phone calls.

      In April, DTE Energy warned businesses about a scam spreading from southeast Michigan to the north.

      The scammers were targeting businesses, usually during a busy time, claiming to be a DTE Energy employee.

      The con man tried to convince the customers that they owed a significant amount of money and electric service would be shut off within an hour without payment using a Green Dot debit card.

      DTE Energy was notified by two Traverse City customers, who were called by scammers. The two customers knew they did not have electric service from DTE Energy and did not fall for the scam.