Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) is warning the public about the latest rash of phony-bill payment schemes in which imposters pose as utility company representatives and call customers, demanding immediate payment for what the crooks fraudulently claim are delinquent electric and gas bills.
These scammers pose as utility company employees and call customers saying their service will be disconnected if they do not make an immediate payment using a prepaid debit card or even a credit card. O&R does not accept payment from prepaid debit cards.
O&R urges anyone who is contacted in this fashion to break off contact with the crooks and call O&R Customer Service at 1-877-434-4100. For those who are contacted by someone who says they represent O&R, call O&R to verify their identity and the nature of their business.
Remember, when in doubt, hang up the phone or break off contact, and call O&R.