Scammers target electrical customers
A regional scam involving National Grid customers in the Northeast has now reached Aquidneck and Conanicut islands, according to the attorney general’s office.
The con involves electric customers who receive phone calls from individuals claiming to work for National Grid. The scammers demand payment through prepaid cards on past due balances, and threaten customers with immediate service termination if they refuse to pay. Scammers also tell customers they may have a faulty meter that is dangerous and in need of replacing.
According to a press release from National Grid, the electric meter is the property of the utility company and customers are not responsible for replacing them. Also, while National Grid does contact customers by phone with past due balances, the company never demands direct payment over the telephone.