BTU scam targeting local businesses

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) A phone scam is targeting local businesses. On Wednesday, some local business owners say they received a call from someone pretending to be with BTU.

“They said they were with BTU, and they said I needed to pay my bill I had an outstanding balance and they were coming in an hour,” said Mitch Siegert, the owner of Truman Chocolates.

A spokesman for BTU couldn’t say how many have been targeted, but KBTX heard from a few business owners who have all heard from the scammers.

They’re told their power will be shut off in an hour if they don’t pay their outstanding balance. The scammer then gives them a 1-800 number to call.

KBTX called that number, but we have not heard back.

“It was kind of weird because I grew up here. I know BTU I know it's a local company so I'm thinking about it with a 1-800 number and I'm like why would he give me something else to call,” said Siegert.

Siegert never called the number he was given and says he immediately dialed the number he had for BTU. He’s hoping nobody else falls for it.

“If you take the time to google something on your own you can figure out pretty quick that it's not legit.” said Siegert.

BTU said they will never request payments over the phone and you will have much more notice if you have an outstanding balance.