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Beware of New Telephone and Email Scams

Free professional advocates are available to assist worried and distressed homeowners facing foreclosure, according to comments made during a public forum on foreclosure cosponsored by the Union County Human Relations Commission and Union County Foreclosure Task Force, in cooperation with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office of Dispute Settlement and Union County Superior Court Civil Division. Credits: County of Union, NJ

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders advises residents to be on the alert for a new telephone and email scams that have surfaced in Union County and across the country.

In the telephone scam, residents receive a call demanding immediate payment on a utility bill, and threatening to cut off service if payment is not made.

Another scam involves email messages masquerading as third-party utility companies. Opening the email can expose the computer to a virus.

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“These scammers are taking advantage of the cold weather to prey on anxiety over utility service cut-off,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “If you receive any unexpected message from a utility company, whether it’s by phone, email or standard mail, be sure to call them yourself to ensure that it’s a legitimate communication.”

Currently the telephone scam is focused on PSEG. Customers of that utility should call 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify any unexpected messages.

Other gas and electric utilities serving customers in Union County are JCP&L and Elizabethtown Gas.

Please join the County of Union online at ucnj.org, on Facebook at ucnj.org/facebook, and on Twitter at twitter.com/countyofunionnj.

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