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Glen Rock Business Owner Falls For Phone Scam, Loses $860+

Police warn about phone scammers.
Police warn about phone scammers. Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT file photo

GLEN ROCK, N.J. – PSE&G never threatens to shut off your service while demanding a specific payment, Glen Rock police said after a business owner was taken in by a telephone con artist.

The Maple Avenue salon owner reported a call from what turned out to be a scammer citing an $861.17 utility bill that had to be paid immediately to prevent a shutoff, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said.

Following instructions, the business owner drove to a nearby pharmacy and obtained two green dot money packs for that amount, then relayed the card numbers to the caller, Ackermann said.

Borough detectives were investigating – but that money is basically gone.

It’s just one of many phone scams that, despite widespread media warnings, still con innocent, unwitting victims out of their money, the chief said.

“PSE&G will never demand a specific type of payment and threaten immediate service termination,” Ackermann said.

“If you receive a call directing you to go to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card to pay your bill, it is likely a scam,” he said.

“If you receive a strange call and are in doubt, hang up and call PSE&G at the phone number listed on your PSE&G bill,” the chief said.

MORE INFO: www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/bill/scam/index.jsp

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