MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morristown Police Department has issued a statement saying that on Thursday, September 4, 2014, Officer James Krauss prevented a theft of money from an ongoing telephone utility scam.

Officer Krauss was in uniform when he entered the 7-11 convenience store at 66 Morris Street.

He noticed a man purchasing a large amount of Green Dot Money-Paks. The man purchased over $1500 worth of money cards.

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Officer Krauss was aware of an ongoing telephone utility scam where residents were being called by people claiming to be from the IRS or a utility company. These individuals would insist that a payment be made immediately.

Officer Krauss approached the man and he confirmed he was contacted by phone earlier that morning.  The statement continued by stating, the man informed the officer that he was told he owed money to JCP&L  and that if payment was not received within 30 minutes, power to his residence would be shut off.

The identity of the man was not released.  No money was sent and a theft was averted.

Morristown Police ask that if anyone has been contacted by such a caller to contact police immediately and report the incident at (973)538-2200.