Applachian Power Customers Are the Target of a Scam

Appalachian Power said small business owners are the target of a scam seeking to extort cash. The power company said reports of the scam are coming from its West Virginia customers, but it said its customers in Virginia and Tennessee are also likely to be targeted. Customers are getting calls from someone who says represents the company and claims that check or credit card payments are no longer being accepted. Appalachian Power says that is not the case. The caller told customers that their payments have been returned, they owe $1,000 and that it must be paid immediately with a prepaid credit card. Appalachian Power says it never demands payment that way.