Beware of Scammers!

Attention Seniors —Scam Alert 
If you receive calls from this number 631-935-1046 telling you that you owe unpaid taxes, ignore the call it is an attempt to defraud you or obtain identification information.  The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department is aware of this scam attempt.

Attention Seniors —Scam Alert 
If you receive an automated message that talks about Seniors being eligible to receive $3000 in food certificates and a medical alert bracelet, hang up the phone. DO NOT push a number to get connected to a representative. The Township has been Informed that this is a scam.

e-mail sent 7/24/14 to Municipal Clerk:

Checked with local State Police barracks.. this is a known scam, evidently one among very many:

A pre-recorded message claims they got my name & info from my Dr.; mentions AARP and informs that there are free life alerts being sent to all Sr.'s over 65 years due to high incidence of falls in population over this age; lastly asks you to press 1 in order to verify address it will be sent to.

I hung up and immediately used *69 to get # that called, and then called State Police. 
If you get this - don't call Troopers, as they say the volume of scam calls is high and they cannot do anything directly - some even come from outside US, so just report it via https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1
and let others know to ignore this one and any such robocalls.

2 mistakes this scammer made ...if one paid attention and didn't focus on the supposed FREEBIE

#1 Doctors cannot share your name, etc. due to privacy laws

#2 not 65+ yet!

JCP&L Warns Customers About Pre-Paid Green Dot Card Scam 
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is warning customers about a long-running, nation-wide utility scam that is again being reported in New Jersey involving a caller posing as an electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot card. These pre-paid cards typically are available at convenience stores and drug stores and can be used by consumers to pay bills or add money to online accounts. However, Green Dot cards are not officially sanctioned by JCP&L as a bill payment method. “Customers should know that if they get a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities,” said Anthony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of Operations. “While a company representative may phone a customer whose bill is in arrears to remind them that a payment is due, we would explain how a payment can be made using established payment options.” Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L’s customer service number at 1-800-662-3115. Press Release
JCP&L Warns Customers About Possible Scams
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers to beware of telemarketers and door-to-door salespeople claiming to be employees of JCP&L or FirstEnergy. Some third-party salespeople are reportedly using deceptive and/or aggressive tactics to convince customers to switch electric generation suppliers. Read complete warning.
JCP&L Warns Customers About Possible Scams
JCP&L has received increased reports of scammers targeting utility customers. In the latest scam, a telephone caller poses as an electric utility company employee and threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is made. In many cases, the customer is told to pay using a pre-paid debit card, such as a Green Dot/MoneyPak card, a money transfer service like Money Gram or Western Union, or in person at a physical location. Be aware that scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to lead you to believe you are receiving a call from JCP&L, and/or provide you with a fake “verification” phone number. These call-back numbers may even include exact replicas of greetings and hold messages you would hear when calling JCP&L’s Contact Center.

Facts to remember:
     1) If your account is past-due, you will receive a written notice of your account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service.
     2) While JCP&L representatives may call a customer whose bill is in arrears in order to remind them that a payment is due, the representative would explain how a payment can be made using JCP&L’s established payment options.
     3) They will not demand a payment over the phone or at a particular physical location.      4) JCP&L does not accept prepaid debit cards or wire transfers as payment, and our representatives will not demand your bank information or credit card number over the phone.

What you should do:
     1) If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately.
     2) If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact your local police department or the state attorney general’s office.
     3) If you have purchased a Green Dot card to pay your electric bill and would like to request a refund from Green Dot/MoneyPak, visit www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx.*

*FirstEnergy is not affiliated with Green Dot Corporation and is not responsible for any refunds associated with Green Dot purchases. Any questions regarding the MoneyPak Refund Request should be directed to Green Dot Corporation.
Montague Township     277 Clove Road       Montague,  NJ 07827       (973) 293-7300       FAX: (973) 293-7467
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