By Business Courier of Cincinnati

Duke Energy Corp. said Thursday that ⿿scam artists⿝ are contacting customers in some Tri-State areas, offering to pay their entire bills in exchange for a fee.

⿿It⿿s unfortunate that there are individuals who thrive on taking advantage of others, and it can be tempting to accept an offer that may sound too good to be true,⿝ said Gianna Manes, senior vice president and chief customer officer for Duke, in a news release.

No Duke Energy employee would offer to pay a customerâ¿¿s bill, the company said. Customers who want to confirm the identity of a Duke employee can call 1-800-544-6900.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), based in Charlotte, N.C., includes the former Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co., Union Light, Heat and Power in Kentucky, and PSI Energy in Indiana. The company also operates Duke Power in the Carolinas.

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