Other area communities are also warning of the scam.
Here's the notice, posted online Aug. 29 by Concord Light:
Area utility customers are being targeted by something known as the Utility Green Dot Scam. This is a scam that has cropped up in a number of locations across the country and appears to target utility customers.
Here are the specifics:
- The caller tells customer their power will be turned off in 45 minutes if they do not make an immediate payment (usually $500 - $1,500).
- The caller tells customer that payment will only be accepted through the purchase of a "Green Dot" pre-paid debit card.
- The caller provides customer with a number to call to make payment once they have purchased the Green Dot card.
- Once the customer provides the Green Dot payment info, their money is gone.
If you receive a phone call that seems suspect, DO NOT give out any personal or debit/credit card information to the caller. Concord Light will always give you a call back number, and we would never require you to purchase a debit card.
Tell the caller you are busy and ask the caller for a call back number so you can return their call at a more convenient time. If the caller does not give you their call back information, simply hang up or disconnect the call. Then contact Concord Light Customer Service at 978-318-3101 or email@example.com to report the incident.
Be on the lookout!