Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service is warning customers of a female con artist, posing as an employee of a government agency, who is contacting NES customers about their electric bill. The woman has approached our customers in person asking for cash or check for a portion of their bill amount and she will pay the remaining amount for them, said Tim Hill, NES Corporate Communications. This person is using a stolen credit card or fraudulent checks to pay the total amount due on the customers account. NES officials warn customers to beware of a woman who identifies herself as Maria and approaches customers in the NES parking lot on Church Street. NES never contacts customers by phone or in person to ask for bill payments, and NES field personnel do not accept payments for any type of work that NES performs. Customers should contact NES Customer Relations at (615) 736-6900 if they receive a call or are approached by anyone they suspect is falsely representing themselves as working for NES. Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 357,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information about NES, visit www.nespower.com.