Mount Kisco Police Warn of Utility-Bill Phone Scam

Mount Kisco police say at least two village residents have received phone calls from someone pretending to be a utility company representative. 

In each case the caller said they were collecting money that was past due and threatened to turn off service unless the resident immediately sent payment through Green Dot MoneyPak. 

Unfortunately, police said, one resident fell victim to the con artist and sent $345.

The other called the department to ask how to proceed and learned of the scam, which has been making the rounds in the region.
Police warn residents to report any calls like these.

Be cautious of solicitors who:
1. Do not provide a legitimate business address or phone number;
2. Demand immediate payment or payment in cash, wire transfer or money card;
3. Seem vague as to the circumstances;
4. Say that money has to be sent in to collect a prize;
5. Appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the reasons for which money will be used. The caller may threaten arrest if a “fine” isn’t paid.

For more helpful information on Crime Prevention visit:http://www.troopers.ny.gov/Crime_Prevention/

To report a possible phone scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website athttps://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

The FBI’s tips on phone scams: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud.
The FDIC also offers warnings on wire transfer scams: http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnsum13/wire-transfer-scams.html


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