National Grid Warns Western New Yorkers of Scam

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Officials from National Grid are warning people about scammers that targeted at least one Buffalo business owner Tuesday.

Prish Moran, owner of Sweetness 7 Cafe on Grant Street says a person posing as a National Grid employee called her business today alerting her that she was behind on her electric bill. The person asked for credit card numbers and threatened to have the power turned off if she didn't pay up.

Luckily for Moran, she knew she was not behind and decided to investigate. She reached out to New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan's office. Ryan's staff called the number the scammers used and helped to put Moran in touch with actual officials from National Grid's Security Department.

National Grid confirmed for Eyewitness News that Moran was in fact a victim of a scam. They urge people to use caution when giving out personal information over the phone.

Moran said the numbers the scammers used: 1-866-978-6162
National Grid says their phone number is as follow: 1-800-642-4272