Madison Water Utility officials said several businesses have received scam calls that a business dependent on water never wants to hear.
"When you have a laundromat you need water. When you have a restaurant, you need water, a hotel you need water and to have that threat of it being cut off right away I think is a scary thing," said Amy Barrilleaux, Madison Water Utility public information officer.
Four businesses so far this week have been threatened over the phone by a man posing as a Madison Water Utility employee.
The man reportedly says the business will have its water turned off immediately if it doesn't pay a fee. One business owner said the man demanded a payment of $1,400.
So far, a laundromat, a hotel and a restaurant have received a similar phone call, but MWU utility officials said that is a call they would never make to their customers.