Another Day, Another Scam

Another Day, Another Scam

I know I write a lot about scams, but the variety and audacity of the scam artists never ceases to amaze me. Every time I look around there's another scam that requires a warning and a repetition of what one should do to avoid them.

The latest warning comes from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, which says scammers posing as third party energy suppliers have been sending fake bills to some utility customers via email and asking them to click on an email link that could infect their computer with a virus or malware.

Atlantic City Electric is urging customers who pay their electric bills online to do so only on the utility's website or by mail, along with a copy of their invoice. The company's spokesman, Frank Tedesco, said customers should not open any email that asks for payment on their electric bill unless it is sent by Atlantic City Electric or the customer's third party energy supplier.

If someone calls on the phone or in person claiming to represent a company, Tedesco said, customers should make sure that person is really affiliated with that company — especially if the person is requesting immediate monetary payment. Customers should ask for official photo identification from anyone who comes to their door and, if they cannot produce it, customers are advised to call the police. Employees from legitimate companies will carry official company identification cards.

Beau Weisman, Editor