SCAM ALERT

By PO Derek Mattessich

New Milford Police are urging homeowners to be on alert for men posing as utility workers. There has been multiple incidents through-out the county that involves these men knocking on the doors of homeowners and showing fake company identifications.  They usually claim to be from water or gas companies and advised the residents that they are there to read the meters or to make sure everything is in working order. They often make it seem like an emergency. When inside the house, one suspect keeps the homeowners occupied by leading them to the basement , as the other steals items from the other areas of the home.

Police are asking residents to ask for identification and the reason for the visit if anyone knocks on their door claiming to be from a utility company. You can also call the utility company directly to verify the visit, or if anything seems strange, call the police immediately. Take note of the suspects physical descriptions, clothing, and any vehicles, and license plates near-by.

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PSE&G WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT PHONE SCAM

(Newark, NJ Sept. 19, 2013)  PSE&G is once again urging its customers to be vigilant to a telephone scam where callers threaten to shut off electric or gas service if payment is not made that day.  Residential and small business customers have reported receiving these deceptive phone calls from individuals pretending to be PSE&G employees.  The callers demand that customers make a payment within hours using a Green Dot Money Pak, a type of pre-paid card available at pharmacies and convenience stores.  PSE&G does not accept these cards.  The utility company offers a variety of payment options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.

Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call from PSE&G especially one in which payment is requested, should call the utility company directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

PSE&G customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice on their bill at least 10 days in advance.  Customers who are struggling to pay their bill are encouraged to call PSE&G at 1-888-275-PSEG (7734) to learn about programs that can help.
 

Related new story: Alert Bergen County elderly losing thousands to phone scammers

 


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