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Beware the PSE&G MoneyPak phone scam

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PUBLIC SAFETY: Police are warning citizens not to be scammed by callers who claim to represent PSE&G and threaten to turn off electric and gas service if they’re not paid.

Callers working in the nationwide scam have convinced victims to purchase — and make payments with — Green Dot MoneyPak, police said.

The Spanish- or English-speaking caller tells the customer to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money onto the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called – or have their service shut off.

The instant that happens, the caller moves the money to another card, takes out all the cash through an ATM and is gone, without a trace.

As notices on the package emphasize: MoneyPak should be treated like cash and used only for approved partners.

What’s more: When PSE&G calls you, they have ALL of your information right there – your name, address, account number and current balance.

If someone calls you claiming to be from PSE&G, they must have this information OR THEY ARE TRYING TO STEAL  YOUR MONEY.

If you’re not sure, the solution is easy: Hang up and call PSE&G directly: 1-800-436-7734

Or you can visit a local PSE&G Customer Service Center Center in person. They’re open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can find a listing of local offices on your bill or here: http://www.pseg.com/centers

If you have elderly parents, please be sure to discuss this with them.

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