Fraudulent calls threaten to cut off power

Electric meter (file).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new scheme going around targets businesses over their utility bills, and the phony callers know some personal information to make it more believable.

Here’s how it works; The crooks call a business and demand money or the power will be shut off. The caller claims to be from Connecticut Light & Power, and they’ve even found a way to make the caller ID display they’re from CL&P.

The caller tells the business they’re past due on their electric bill and the power will be shut off unless they pay in the next 45 minutes. The caller tells the business to buy a Green Dot card from their local CVS. That’s a kind of debit card that authorities cannot trace once it’s used.

here’s what really gets some people – the caller has the business’ real CL&P account number and balance so it seems authentic, but it is not.

No utility company is ever going to ask you to pay using an untraceable debit card, So no matter how much they know about you, don’t fall for this.

Police in Avon, East Windsor, and Watertown all tell us businesses in their towns have gotten these calls. If you get one hang up and call the police.

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