Electric company warning customers about increase in scams

- There’s a warning out about more and more scams going around. Crooks are using tricks and scare tactics to steal money and even burglarize your home.

Thursday, PSE&G reported it has seen an uptick in the number of scams being reported by customers, especially small businesses, but it says scams can target anyone.

The company is especially concerned about these activities:

Door-to-door scammers show up at your home dressed as a utility worker and say they need to “check a problem.” PSE&E warns the often burglarize the home after getting in, so always ask for I.D.

Phone scammers threaten to cut off your electric service if you don’t pat them immediate with a pre-paid credit card. PSE&G says it offers a number of payment options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.

In fact, before terminating service, the company alerts customers with messages on their bill, letters and phone calls.

PSE&G is urging customers to be alert.

“The only way to protect against these scams is for customers to be cautious when contacted by someone seeking access to their home or demanding immediate payment,” said vice president of customer operations Greg Dunlap.

If you’re in doubt or suspicious, PSE&G says to call the number on your bill -- 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) -- and also report scamming activity to the police.

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