Wednesday, February 20, 2013
National Grid reported on Tuesday that a scam is spreading across New England, in which people call customers and demand payments.
Wednesday, February 20
Editor's Note: the following press release was distributed by National Grid. National Grid is warning its customers of a new, nationwide utility bill scam. In the past several days National Grid electric customers have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to work for National Grid. These scammers demand payment on past due balances for electric accounts and threaten customers that their service will immediately be shut-off for non-payment. In some cases the caller also tells the customer that they may have a faulty meter that is dangerous and in need of replacing for a substantial fee. Callers are being directed to make an immediate, over-the-phone payment in order to keep their power on. National Grid never seeks payment of…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Thieves pretending to represent Best Buy are texting people saying they have won a $1,000 gift card to Best Buy.
Milford Police are warning area residents that a scam is going around by text message, in which thieves pretending to represent Best Buy try to obtain personal information. The scam was reported by a local resident, who said he got a text message telling him he'd won a $1,000 gift card to Best Buy. The text directed him to another address where he most likely would have been asked for personal information, such as a social security number or bank information, said Milford Police Lt. James Falvey, in a press release. The scam first was reported a few weeks ago, around Worcester, and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early warned residents not to fall victim to it, in an article published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. On …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
National Grid is warning customers that a scam is selling pre-paid cards in its name.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Editor's Note: National Grid has released the following information about a scam. If you have been a victim of this, contact Milford Police and National Grid. National Grid is warning customers about a utility bill payment scam affecting unsuspecting customers in its New England service area. Scammers claiming to be National Grid representatives are calling customers and asking that they purchase Green Dot MoneyPak card to pay outstanding balances or to pay for the replacement of faulty meters. Customers are then asked to reveal a 14-digit security serial number located on the card. Providing this number allows access to funds on the pre-paid credit card. National Grid does not ask customers to directly pay for faulty equipment and is …
Monday, July 2, 2012
A scam involving two people who ask to enter the residence, and another involving FBI crime statistics, have been reported this weekend.
Milford Police ask the public to be cautious as two probable scams are being reported in the area. In one instance, a Milford resident reported suspicious activity Saturday afternoon. He told police a white male described as approximately 5 feet 11 inches, 200 pounds, late 40s or early 50s with a scruffy beard and wearing a hat and glasses knocked on his door. The man told the resident that he had done his roof and needed to "fix a shingle." The subject also asked if his daughter could come in while he fixed the roof. The resident agreed. Once inside, the "daughter" asked on two occasions to enter other parts of the house, including to use the bathroom. The woman was identified as being approximately 40 years old, Hispanic or white, 5’6” …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Milford police say the elderly could be targeted by thieves who try to gain entrance to the home, posing as service people.
Milford police have issued a warning that elderly residents may be the targets of scams, in which thieves posing as service workers try to gain entry to their homes. According to Milford Police Lt. James Falvey: a Milford resident said her elderly mother received a knock on her door about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, at her apartment in an elderly complex. The woman opened the door and saw a man and a woman. The couple offered the woman a free rug cleaning, handed her a business card and asked if they could come in and look at the rug. Wisely the woman declined, Falvey said, and the man then grabbed the business card and the couple left. Based on the information provided to police, officers think it is "highly likely" the couple were trying to …