We were first warned about this months ago and Consumers Energy says it's still a serious problem.

Crooks are calling customers and telling them they must pay their credit card bill within an hour. First they are told they have to buy a prepaid credit card. When they have that card they are then given a toll free number to call to make a payment. Hundreds of Consumers Energy residential and business telephone customers have notified the utility they have been contacted by telephone and told to do this

Those making these calls are considered a part of a crime ring and police on a local, state and federal level are investigating.

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