There's a phone scam circulating in Putnam County. Sheriff Robert Langley says people who claim to be from NYSEG have been calling businesses saying that the recipient is behind in their electricity bill. The scammer then warns that to avoid having electric service from being shut off, they have to make payment immediately. The scammer then instructs them to purchase a “Green Dot Money Pak” and provide the card information. These scam phone calls are usually received during busy hours of operation, making it more urgent for businesses to comply with the phony caller’s demand. NYSEG officials are aware of this scam and said the utility never asks for payment by debit card.