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CL&P scam targeting New Britain's Hispanic population

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

New Britain police are warning residents of a recent phone scam targeting the city's Hispanic population.

According to police, several people have reported a caller speaking Spanish to the victim, and identifying themselves as a representative from Connecticut Light & Power.

The caller usually tells the victim that CL&P has detected too much voltage coming from the home from a transformer, and if the problem isn't fixed their home could catch fire.

The victim is then told that they need to provide money immediately, and scared by telling them that if they don't comply, their power will be shut off.

The victims are then told to put money on a Green Dot Prepaid Money Card and to call the caller back with the account number. Once the caller has the number, the money is drawn from it.

The suspects are calling victims using the number 1-860-665-5000 or 1-860-258-3000.

If you get a a phone call claiming there is a problem with your CL&P service, hang up immediately and contact CL&P on your own to confirm the information.

Police are also telling residents to not wire any money.

Anyone with information about the scam is asked to call New Britain police at 860-826-3000.

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