Bridgeport police warn of UI scam

Two people sought for an August, 2014 UI scam. (Bridgeport Police)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects believed to be involved in a scam targeting power company customers.

“Bridgeport Police are investigating several incidents in which individuals claiming to be representatives of the electric company contacted commercial businesses and threatened immediate electrical shut off if they didn’t pay outstanding bills. The claimed balances were fictitious,” police said. “The callers created urgency by calling before or during peak business hours. In the case of restaurants, that usually occurred before or during the lunch rush.”

To avoid threatened service disconnection, the businesses were directed to purchase “Green Dot” money cards. The suspect then would call back and instruct the victim to transfer the funds from the “Green Dot” money card to a pre-paid debit card, police said. The money was then withdrawn in the Brooklyn/ Queens area in New York.

One person is a white female, thin- to medium build, average height, light brown or blonde hair, wearing a olive green jacket with a hood covering her head. She was wearing a scarf, blue jeans, and boots. She withdrew money from a bank at 1240 Liberty Ave. in Brooklyn. The second person is a white male of stocky build, average height, wearing a grey and blue Yankees baseball hat, and is seen withdrawing money at a bank at 133-07 Rockaway Boulevard in Queens.

Police said the female in the olive colored jacket shown in the images is not a suspect.

Bridgeport Police have been in contact with the New York Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Martin Heanue at 203-581-5242.






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