For Immediate Release
Freeholder H. James Polos
Chair, Public Safety and Health Committee
County Warns Residents
About Phone Scam
MARCH 10, 2014 -- The Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs is warning residents about a potential telephone scam in which individuals pretending to be from PSE&G threaten to discontinue electric or gas services if a payment is not made immediately.
These callers often 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. Though PSE&G offers a variety of payment options, they do not accept these cards. Also, according to the utility, PSE&G customers that are scheduled for disconnection due to non-payment will receive written notice of this at least 10 days in advance of a service interruption.
“Residents need to be aware of this type of scam,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the County Public Safety and Health Committee. “If you receive a suspicious phone call, especially one demanding a cash payment, please hang up and contact the Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs immediately.”
“This is a scam being visited on the public by unscrupulous vendors who are profiting from playing on the fears of our residents,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Our offices have received inquiries from residents who have received these and other types of questionable phone calls and mail items. When in doubt, please contact our Division of Consumer Affairs with any questions.”
There have been reports of this telephone scam in various parts of the state, although the Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs has only received one such call.
The Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at 732-745-3875; PSE&G can be reached at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).