Familiar scams from the past seem to be making a return to the State of New Hampshire’s senior community, and the Green Dot Scam has resurfaced. So far, it has caused the loss of several thousand dollars to residents in the Nashua area, and the statewide loss could be much greater.
In this particular scam, an unsolicited caller is claiming to be a representative of the Public Service Company of New Hampshire. This caller tells the PSNH customer that their power will be shut off unless they make a payment with a “Green Dot” prepaid VISA card. The customer who is ABOUT TO BE SCAMMED is given a specific telephone number to call to release the prepaid credit card account number, the monetary value on it, and possibly other personal and confidential financial information.
Here’s the problem: THE MINUTE YOU GIVE THE SCAMMER ALL THE INFORMATION HE’S LOOKING FOR, HE WILL CASH THAT CARD QUICKER THAN YOU CAN BLINK YOUR EYES AND HE RUNS OFF WITH ALL THE MONEY YOU HAD ON IT, NEVER TO HEAR FROM HIM AGAIN.
It is a fact that PSNH customers who have not paid their bills and are scheduled for disconnection of their service will NOT be left without power without ample notification. PSNH will also work with the customer to develop other options if they cannot pay their bills on time and in full.
If you do receive a call like this, PLEASE call PSNH yourself by looking in your telephone book for their number and then speaking to a customer service representative to verify all information. Most likely, you’ll discover that the Green Dot caller was A SCAM IN THE MAKING.
By managing your calls with awareness and preparation for all the “WHAT IF’S”, you can help prevent these types of scams from going any further.
From the desk of Officer Jane Constant
Senior Relations Division
Nashua Police Department