SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield PBA 100 has announced that there has been an increase in the number of residents reporting incidents of phone scams.  Callers have been identifying themselves as local PBA members, utility companies and I.R.S. agents.  The scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly, calling you by your first name, making small talk, and then asking for a donation, or a payment of some sort. Scammers will more than likely provide false names along with fraudulent badge numbers.

Neither the PBA nor the South Plainfield Police Department will ever solicit via phone.  The IRS will never ask for a credit or debit cards over the telephone.  They will never insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations. Many scammers take advantage of the cold weather to prey on anxiety over the utility service getting cut-off.

“If you receive any unexpected message from a utility company, or Internal Revenue Service, be sure to call them back yourself to ensure it is a legitimate communication,” said PBA President, Pete Magnani. 

As far as the PBA, Magnani was very clear, “The PBA sends out a mailer to local residents once per year.” “Utility Customers should call back the utility company using the phone number on the bill.”  According to Magnani, if you know you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly.