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Columbia Gas warns of telephone scam

Columbia Gas of Kentucky is warning consumers about a potential telephone scam.

The company has been receiving reports of someone lying about being a Columbia Gas employee, or someone from another energy company, and soliciting credit card or account information from those whom they are calling, according to a news release from Columbia Gas.

Some of the people submitting the reports to Columbia Gas are customers, and some are not, but in each instance those making the reports said they were told they had a past due account and were prompted to give the caller his or her account information.

Before disclosing any information over the phone, people should call Columbia Gas of Kentucky at 1-800-432-9345 to verify their account status. The company's business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.