LIPA posted a warning on its website advising customers who receive suspicious calls to just hang up. The utility said they never demand direct payment over the telephone and don’t accept credit or debit card payments.
In some cases, police said scammers claiming to be federal or utility company employees call individuals and tell them that they owe money for unpaid taxes or bills.
In the latest scam, Greenwich police said the victim received a call from someone posing as her grandson telling her he was in an auto accident and needed bail money.
If you use social media to stay in touch with your grandchildren, beware – crooks could be watching you watch them.
Since Nov. 1, someone has been calling people, telling them a family member has been kidnapped, held hostage or involved in an auto accident, police said. The male caller then demands a payment, usually through Western Union, to save or help the family member.