A caller tells you that your Connecticut Light & Power account is delinquent and that you must pay immediately or your power will be shut down.
But hold off on rushing that payment. The call might be part of the same spoofing scam targeting East Windsor businesses.
East Windsor police received many complaints over the past several weeks about fraudulent calls aiming to steal money from victims. Many East Windsor residents and businesses have lost thousands of dollars in the scams.
In the scams, the caller tells the business owner to buy a Green Dot Money Pack Card and load money on it to pay the bill, East Windsor police said. The scammer calls back asking for the pin number or to meet the person to retrieve the card.
Spoofing scammers disguise their name and phone number on caller ID to appear as a business name and phone number, in this case CL&P.
Many residents have also received fraudulent calls demanding wire transfers via Western Union to save family member supposedly kidnapped, injured in an accident or suffering medical problems.
East Windsor police said that if you receive a call like this, verify the request by calling CL&P's listed business number in the phone book, online or through dialing 411 information. Police also said that Green Dot Money and Western Union are not usual payment methods used by legitimate businesses.
If you get a call wanting money to help a kidnapped family member, police said to contact that family member first to check in.
East Windsor police also urge people affected to report the scams and suspicious phone calls to the department at 860-292-8240.