Authorities Warn Against Phone Scam Threatening To Shut Off Utilities

May 11, 2015

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State officials say the latest phone scam to target New Hampshire residents includes fraudulent threats to shut off utility service. 

The Public Utilities Commission and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office say a number of consumers have received calls in which individuals claim to represent a utility. They claim the resident must immediately pay off a past due balance on his or her account or service will be disconnected. 

State officials say the calls are not coming from utility companies. Those companies must provide written notice to consumers at least 14 days of a planned disconnection and must include information about how to maintain their service.

The state is asking those who receive such calls to report them to the Public Utilities Commission.