Scammers are experimenting with a new, sophisticated type of phone scam.

Manitoba Hydro is warning customers of con artists using recordings that sound like official representatives who claim the receiver's account requires immediate payment.

Riley McDonald with Manitoba Hydro Media Relations explains the scammers will pretend to look up your address and account number and try to arrange payment at non-Hydro locations.

He notes Manitoba Hydro does not accept payments over the phone, over PayPal, using credit cards, or from wire transfers.

A full list of payment options can be found here: