Belmont County authorities are warning local businesses of telephone scam targeting their gas usage.
According to police, two businesses were contacted by a caller claiming to be from Columbia Gas. The caller then informed the businesses that they owed $498.72 from their last bill and instructed business owners to purchase a money pack card at CVS. Once the money card has been purchased, the owner was then told to call 1-888-383-3443.
Authorities say this is a scam, and that if you do receive a call to inform police immediately.
Columbia Gas has been notified. Their emergency number is 1-800-344-4077.