Police warn of cash-card scam

At least two Jaffrey residents and businesses have lost hundreds of dollars to a phone scam perpetrated by people claiming to be representatives of Public Service of New Hampshire.

Jaffrey police are warning residents and others in the state to be wary of these phone calls. In the Jaffrey incidents where residents and businesses were scammed out of $577 and $978.76, the callers identified themselves as PSNH employees and said they were calling about an overdue electric bill. The callers said that the electricity for the businesses and residents they contacted would be shut off immediately without payment.

In these cases, the caller told the victims they could not pay by credit card or check, but could only use a cash card, like a Green Dot Card. These cards allow the caller to take the money without being traced.

Police advise that anyone who receives a call like this should not be pressured into paying the fee, no matter what kind of consequences are threatened.

Legitimate businesses do not use those type of tactics. Instead, take the time to end the call, and then contact PSNH to verify the account status. If you believe you are a victim of this phone scam, contact your local police immediately.

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