This scam takes place over the phone.
I'm told in the last few months 30 families and 70 businesses in southern Colorado were targeted with $67,000 going to crooks.
The crooks call and says they're with Excel Energy and the readout on caller ID even says Excel, but it isn't.
You're told to pay immediately using a prepaid debit card or your power will be shut off.
Excel tells me the crooks are calling restaurants and companies when they're really busy, not giving them time to think.
They're also targeting families with minorities who might not be as familiar with the rules.
Excel wants you to know they will never call and threaten to cut you off.
They always send a disconnect notice in the mail first.
If you're ever confused, hang up and call them on your own or call us and we'll check it out.
Last year there were 180 scam reports.
Already this year there have been 10 times that many.
Last year this same scam ripped off 768 Colorado families and businesses with crooks taking in $43,000.