The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and district attorney’s office say there is a concern about area residents falling victim to burglary or larceny by thieves posing as NYSEG employees.
Law enforcement offers some reminders to ensure residents don’t fall prey to common scams that have been used in the past during power outages:
1. NYSEG employees will never come to your house, knock on your door and ask you whether they can check your inside wiring, your meter or any other safety issue in your house. NYSEG employees tend to road issues and exterior issues. They will not ask to enter your home.
2. If you have a generator, NYSEG employees will not come to your house and ask for access in order to “check on the flow of electricity” for safety purposes.
3. Beware of “home oil company” representatives or employees who want to enter your home to “make sure you are safe.” If you did not call them, do NOT let them enter your home. Always ask for identification.
4. If you see someone wandering around your property pretending to look at wires or lights or cable wires, chances are they are not there from NYSEG. They are more likely looking for an access point to your home or looking to see whether they can grab something and run. NYSEG employees come with a crew and are in marked vehicles, etc.
5. NYSEG employees who are driving around checking wires and poles are always in marked vehicles.
6. NYSEG will not call you and ask you to verify personal information so that they can get your electricity turned on. If anyone calls in this regard, do not give them account information, address information, birthdate information, “security question” information, etc.
Remember to call 911 only in an emergency. If you have suspicions about someone, call the sheriff’s office at 845-225-4300, or your local police department.
Article provided by Putnam County Sheriff’s Department