Suffolk PD Issues Alert: LI Residents, Businesses Warned of PSEG Pay by Phone Scam; Threatens to Turn off Electric
August 5, 2014
(Long Island, NY) The Suffolk County Police Department is warning residents of a scam that targets local businesses.
Several businesses in Suffolk County have reported receiving a call from someone who claims to be a PSEG employee and threatens to turn off the electric if payment is not made.
Victims were told to purchase a Green Dot Money Pak card at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money on the card, and provide the number on the card to the caller. Victims are usually advised that service will be turned off that day if the Green Dot information is not provided. PSEG does not accept Green Dot Money Pak cards as a payment option.
Suffolk County Police advise any customer doubting the legitimacy of any call from PSEG, especially if payment is requested, to call the utility company directly. Long Island customers can call 1-800-490-0025.
For information on this and other scams, go to www.suffolkpd.org and click the “Scam Alert” icon.
Anyone who feels they may be a victim of the scam should contact police.