An 84-year-old cheap energy customer was left "distraught" when a payment for her gas bill was not processed properly, leading an energy supplier to demand the money.
The Birmingham Mail reported that Joan Gwilliams had received a £122 bill which her daughter had paid off using a PayPoint machine.
However, a few weeks later British Gas sent Mrs Gwilliams a letter insisting the balance had not been paid.
Daughter Dorothy McGill commented: "My mum was distraught. She's a pensioner, she's not in good health and she needs gas for her central heating and cooker, it's a life-line to her."
Despite contacting the firm, British Gas continued to send letters requesting the money until the local newspaper stepped in to challenge the firm.
A British Gas spokeswoman told the paper: "We did not process this payment correctly which resulted in Mrs Gwilliams receiving additional bills from us. We have now corrected our systems, apologised and offered a gesture of goodwill."
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