Scammers are making threats that hit close to home and some are falling for it.
Two southern Colorado utility companies are having the same issue. Crooks are posing as utility workers, calling customers as recently as Tuesday saying there's only one way to avoid having service shut off.
The phone rings, and the demands begin. Amie Gillum has heard more than her fair share.
"[They say] you need to make a payment on your bill right now or we will disconnect your service within 24 hours," she said.
She simply hangs up, and her lights are still on.
"My bills are paid," Gillum said.
Cheron Cole, from Colorado Springs Utilities, tells 11 News other customers are being told to pay up by putting cash on a pre-paid card and handing the card over.
"We would never make a demand to a customer to make a payment on a pre-paid card," said Cole.