Police warn about utilities scam

Since early November, Bro-nxville residents and businesses have reported suspicious calls, allegedly from a utilities company, claiming  payments are past due, and the customer must purchase a green dot cash card to pay for the amount they owe.

Bronxville police are warning residents and business owners about a utilities payment scam. File photo

Bronxville police are warning residents and business owners about a utilities payment scam. File photo

Bronxville Police Chief Chri-stopher Satriale said the first reported incident was on Nov. 8, when a resident told police he bought the green dot cash card and turned over his pin code. He lost $490 as part of the scam.

Satriale said, while that is the only victim so far, at least three other reports were filed about a suspicious call even before the police released a December alert about the scam. He said all the other calls were only attempts to defraud as no one else who received the call disclosed their information or lost money.

Satriale said other Westch-ester communities have reported similar incidents but, as of now, there are no leads as to who is behind the calls.

-Reporting by Chris Eberhart