Representatives from four South Carolina utility companies say customers across the state, and the country, have contacted them about a phone scam.

According to a news release, the scam involves a call to the customer telling them that they're late on their utility bill or might need a new meter, and that their electric service will be cut off if they don't pay immediately.

The scammer then instructs the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card and tells them to call back with the numbers on the card. 

Representatives from SCE&G, Duke Energy, Santee Cooper and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, as well as S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs Administrator Carri Grube Lybarker will hold a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. to go over more details of this scam.

The conference aims to give people more information about scam warning signs so that people will be "more aware and better prepared to protect themselves especially during the upcoming holiday season," the release said.