Police have received multiple reports of residents and businesses receiving phone calls demanding instant payment from scammers claiming to be NSTAR.
The caller states that they will be shutting off power in the next 45 minutes. They then tell the owner/employee to go to a Western Union or Rite Aid and get a green dot Mastercard in the amount of $1,200 or similar amount and wire the money to another address.
“Do not fall for the ‘Hurry up. Time is of the essence,’ pressure. This is just another scam that plays on emotions. Try and get a call back number and then hang up on them,” advises Orleans Police Lieutenant Kevin Higgins.
Anyone who has fallen victim to the scam is asked to contact the police department immediately.