Newtown police warn of Eversource scam calls | #phishing | #scams

Workers with Riggs Distler, sub-contractors for Eversource, move electrical wiring at the intersection of Routes 25 and 302 in Newtown Monday, June 5, in preparation for the reconstruction of an existing bridge into a 16′ x 7′ box culvert.

Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media

NEWTOWN — The police department is warning residents to be on the lookout for scam calls from individuals claiming to be from Eversource, the large New England energy provider company.

In a Facebook post Saturday, the department told residents that scammers have been taking advantage of the “high demand utility season,” pretending to be employees at the company and trying to scare customers into sharing sensitive personal information or money.

This summer has seen a number of heavy storms and a heat wave that caused power outages. When tropical storms came through in early July, thousands of Eversource customers in the Danbury area were left without power.

The same issue also appeared in early 2020 in Danbury, with local police receiving many complaints regarding scammers who were calling and pretending to be from Eversource.

Police warned people to look out for tell-tale signs of a scam, including quick disconnection, demand for immediate action, and scammers asking for payment through giftcards.

The post also reminded Newtown residents that if they had a question about their service, they should contact Eversource directly at 800-286-2000.

“Eversource will not turn the power off without prior written warning, and do not demand immediate payments,” the department wrote.

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