GENESEO — The Geneseo Police Department would like to warn the community of potential scammers calling residences.
According to a news release sent out by the Geneseo Police Department, scammers are posing as workers from local electric, water or gas companies. The callers tell people they are late on their utility bill and their service will be shut off if the bill is not paid immediately.
The scam comes in when the callers then instruct people to purchase a prepaid debit card then call the scammers back at a number they provided to give them the card number. The scammers then drain the value of the card.
“This has not affected anyone in the area yet, but we want our residents to be aware and to not give away their information,” said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian.
The Better Business Bureau, BBB, offers tips to help spot these scams. Generally, a red flag should go up if anyone wants a payment through a prepaid debit card. According to the BBB, once a transaction is made through a prepaid debit card it can’t be reversed.
Also beware of threats that service will be cut off if an immediate payment isn’t made. If this happens call the customer service number on your utility bill to ensure you speak with a real representative.
Always ask for identification if someone comes to your residence. Unless you made an appointment to have someone come to your residence don’t let them in your home. Don’t hesitate to call the utility company to confirm that they sent someone to your residence.
“Please take all precautions to prevent this from happening to you, we, (the Geneseo Police Department), will investigate the crime but it is very difficult to catch the scammer as they are usually not from here,” said Osganian.