A new scam involves a man claiming to be from Connecticut Light & Power who tells people if they don't pay, their power will be shut off.
However, a Newington woman caught on quickly to the scam and called Eyewitness News.
"He said he was from CLP's Billing Department, and he gave me a number. I called back," said Nichole Vega. "And it was him again."
The man told her his name was Bobby Johnson and that because of Hurricane Sandy, CLP's payment center was down and that they had not received her two last payments.
He said her power was going to be shut off if she didn't pay them what they said she owed, which was $325. The man told her she could pay them with a prepaid money card.
The 14-digit number would allow anyone to transfer the $325, or any amount could be transferred, onto their card.
Vega said she wanted to wait for her checks to clear, but he kept saying they were in the mail and insisted her power was going to be turned off if she didn't pay. He called her six times Wednesday morning.
Eyewitness News called the number for Johnson; however, the person on the line hung up.
CL&P said in a statement Wednesday that this is not the way they do business and that scammers often try to piggyback off events. Many scammers did this during Hurricane Irene last year.
If this happens to you, residents are being advised to call CL&P and then the police to make a complaint.
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