Police Warn: Look Out for Scam JCP&L Calls

A fraud trend continues locally as a second Ocean County police department is warning residents about a "JCP&L scam" call.

In the scam, a caller pretends to be an employee of the electric company, telling the victim his account is delinquent and payments in the form of prepaid credit cards is required immediately. The call is a scam, police warn, and are urging residents to report calls to the police. JCP&L confirmed they've received inquiries about the calls as well.

Three weeks ago, Brick Police warned of multiple incidents of the "JCP&L scam" call in the township. Lakewood police issued its own warning this week, saying the same scenario is happening there.

Report from Lakewood Police:

On noon January 6, Lakewood Police Officer Mark Zrebiec took a report from an employee at local supermarket located on Clifton Avenue. 

The employee reported that they received a call from a unknown male, who identified himself as a representative from JCP&L, indicating that the business was delinquent on their electric bill. 

The suspect advised the owner that unless he made an immediate $500 payment by use of a Green Dot Moneypak his electric service would be terminated. 

In good faith, the owner complied with the request. After receiving a second call for additional funds, he believed he was the victim of a scam and contacted the police department to report the incident. 

The Lakewood Police Department has taken several similar reports in the past. Often times these scam artists will prey on individuals, particularly the elderly, by using the "delinquent utility bill" ruse or even going so far as to represent themselves as a law enforcement "official" seeking bail money for a "relative." 

Brick police urged residents to be aware of the scam and to report suspicious phone calls.

Residents are reminded to never give any of their personal information over the phone or the internet.  

If you are contacted by anyone requesting this type of information, please try to record their telephone number, and verify as best as you can.  

If you have any concerns at all, please contact the Brick Township Police Department at 732-262-1100.  

GMA January 08, 2014 at 08:24 AM
My husband answered the call once and once I told him what I heard about the scam. He told them he had to look for his bill and he would call back.They never called again. He then called JCP&L and gave them a heads up. And the name on caller ID was Sign Inc. 860-516-4476
YouSuck January 08, 2014 at 08:37 AM
How about the jack offs who call from the F.O.P. They call and try to intimidate people to give money to the Fraternal Order of Police. When you decline to donate, the person on the phone gets nasty and asks " Why you don't you like the police". I get more calls from these scamming azz munchers than any other scammer.
Jeff M. January 08, 2014 at 09:14 AM
I get several calls a month from these people (every day or two around the beginning of each month). You would have to be pretty stupid to fall for this. Here's a tip for the "not so bright": Never, ever pay anything (bills, charitable donations, etc.) over the phone unless YOU called THEM. If they called you, you can be 99.99% sure it's a scam.
Mark Story Jenks January 08, 2014 at 01:10 PM
https://www.donotcall.gov/ If you haven't already, go to that website and sign up to be put on the "Do not call list". It is free. It might not stop all annoying calls, but it stops most. And you can file a complaint against salespeople who call you if you are registered. I wonder if law enforcement could trace the call, if for example you could keep the scammer on the line while calling the police from another line such as another cell phone?
BW January 18, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Mark I have called the FTC about "rachel" and "ann" and "scott" they tell me they "spoof" numbers when they call, it is very hard to find them. I do know when we were getting 20 calls a day from the "FBI" telling us we were being sued because of a payday loan (which we never had) I did call the FBI and speak to them. They told me when they called back to tell them to call my husband at work and give them their number. They called and I did. They called me back and told me the calls were originating in Jamaica. Best advice if you dont know the number dont answer, if it is important they will leave a message. If they do leave a message and it is a forgein accent dont call back


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