The Putnam County Sheriff is warning area businesses of a telephone scam making it's way around the County. Some local businesses, many of them restaurants, have received calls from someone claiming to be a representative from New York State Electric and Gas who is calling about billing matters.
Some have been warned that their service would be shut off unless payment is made immediately. The caller asks for payment via “Green Dot Money Pak”.
The Sheriff's Office says the phone calls may come in during the busy hours, making it more urgent to comply with the caller's demands.
NYSEG officials are aware of this scam. The utility will never ask a customer to purchase a debit card to make a payment.
Anyone believing that they have been victimized by this scam is asked to report it immediately to the the Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-4300.