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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Police Department Notice on JCP&L and PSE&G Impersonator Scam

The Millburn Police Department is warning citizens about several telephone scams that are being conducted in the area. The group is extremely good at what they do and are very sophisticated. It appears that this group is able to manipulate phone numbers, make it appear on potential victims caller identification that the phone call is originating from a government entity or other business. So if the potential victim checks the number, it actually belongs to a legitimate government agency like a sheriff’s department or police department.                

As is the case with most confidence schemes, the individuals involved make the victim believe that time is of the essence and that If they don’t send money immediately, some negative consequence will occur. Most of the time, the caller will instruct the victim on the method of payment which is usually not done by legitimate government agencies or businesses.

JCP&L and PSE&G Scam

In this scam, the caller will tell the potential victim that they owe money on a past bill and that if they do not immediately pay, gas or electric service will be cut off.

If anyone receives a call requesting that money be immediately sent, the Millburn Police Department is encouraging citizens to call their local police department for assistance before any money is sent anywhere. 

From JCP&L:

The actor states that they are from JCP&L and that power would be shut off if they don’t pay. They say to purchase Green Dot Cards in several different amounts and mail them to an fake address in Philipsburg. The caller gives a phone number of 888-947-5581 which is a fake number an associated with fraud.

The facts:

  • If your account is past due, you will receive a written notice of your account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service.
  • While our representative may call a customer whose bill is in arrears in order to remind them that a payment is due, the representative would explain how a payment can be made using our established payment options. They will not demand payment over the phone, in person, or at a particular physical location.
  • Our utilities do not accept prepaid debit cards or wire transfers as payment, and our representatives will not demand your bank information or credit card number over the phone.

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