(CBS Seattle) — Seattle Police are warning of a scam involving people posing as Seattle City Light bill collectors.

KOMO News reports that the scammers are calling businesses in the area and threatening to cut their power unless they pay an overdue bill, demanding an immediate payment. Of course, the bills are not really overdue. The scam first surfaced last April, but this time, there’s a new variation. The thieves are asking business owners to buy pre-paid debit cards, then provide the card numbers over the phone. The targets appear to be Seattle-area restaurants.

Fraud investigators have gotten several reports of the scam this week and more than a dozen reports since the end of May, according to KOMO. No one has fallen for the scam yet.

Seattle police advise people to call detectives at (206) 625-5011 if they think they’ve been targeted by these scammers. People are also encouraged to call Seattle City Light.

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