The Decorah Police Department would like to alert local businesses to a new scam targeting small businesses.

"Please be aware of calls reportedly representing 'Mid American Energy' advising you to purchase a smart meter or be fined up to $500. They will ask you to pay via credit card or by getting a money order from your bank for advance payment," said a representative of the Decorah Law Enforcement Center.

"As always, use caution when conducting business over the phone."

For more information, contact the Decorah Police Department at (563) 382-3667.