BUFFALO, NY- The Erie County Sheriff is warning business owners of a scam involving electric bills.

The Sheriff's office says they received several reports of telephone scammers threatening businesses that they would disconnect their electric if they did not pay their National Grid bill immediately. They say the scammer requested the businesses to send pre-paid money or credit cards, or call an 800 number and follow the prompts to pay the bill.

Officials remind businesses to ignore this type of call and contact their service provider directly through the number on your utility bill to inquire about the status of their account.