Berlin businesses beware, there’s a new utility payment scam and these
“telemarketers” are targeting central Connecticut companies.
Connecticut Light and Power and local police are working together to help warn
consumers about a new Green Dot VISA scam. Scammers are contacting businesses
by phone, telling them that they have a utility payment due and requesting they
make payment using a prepaid card.
“This is not legitimate,” said Mitch Gross, spokesman with CL&P.
“The company does not ask customers to purchase prepaid cards. We see issues like this pop up across Connecticut all the time, unfortunately.”
Scammers have long been a challenge for local businesses, looking for ways to
target the unsuspecting. While there have been no reported cases of local
residents or business owners that have fallen victim, police said everyone
should remain on alert.
The scam effort has also been seen in surrounding towns including Southington,
New Britain and Meriden, officials said.
If you come across this type of scam, police are asking that you report it as
promptly as possible. Gross is also asking residents and business owners to
share their experience with friends and families to help put an end to the
Gross said if anyone calls on behalf of CL&P, business owners and residents may call (800) 286-2000 to verify the information.
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