AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power officials are warning customers about a scammers posing as collection agents.

Company spokesman Gail Rice said there have been a “rash of calls” from customers who have received calls seeking payment of bills. The callers claim to work for CMP.

“Some customers have been instructed to deposit cash or a money order into bogus accounts through convenience store cash transfer systems,” Rice said. “Others have been instructed to call a specified number and provide financial information for the payment.”

The victims have mostly been small business and restaurant owners in Lewiston, Portland and Augusta areas, Rice said.

She said the company never calls to request payment from customers in good standing. Customers who need to make an urgent payment should do so only through the CMP website (www.CMPCo.com) or at one of the agents listed on the site.

Rice invited those with questions to call 800-750-4000.