Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cattaraugus County Dept. of Aging warns of possible scam in Olean area

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects has been alerted to a possible scam targeting residents in the Olean area. The report states an individual has been going door-to-door asking residents to see their NYSEG bill. This person does not tell the resident where he is from or what company he is representing, and is very persistent. It is likely this person is trying to get the resident's billing information and attempting to force payment immediately.
NYSEG has information about these types of scams on their website and lists precautions to take in order to avoid falling victim to a scam:
NYSEG states on their website, "We continue to learn of fraudulent activities – nationwide and locally – where our customers are contacted and asked to pay current or past due charges; and these "payments" go to scammers. These contacts take place by email, phone or in person. Utility customers can be a convenient target for these scammers because unlike retail business customers, most everyone is a customer of an energy company and pays utility bills."
NYSEG welcomes customers to verify the identity of their workers. They simply need to ask the person for their photo ID card or their employee number, and call 1-800-572-1111 to verify the worker's identity and the nature of their business.
If you see suspicious activity such as this in your neighborhood, or you feel you may have fallen victim to a scam, be sure to contact your local police immediately. National Grid reports a similar scam effort.