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Mass. Utilities Warn Of Late Payment Scam

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Electric utilities NStar and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. are warning about a scam targeting their customers.

In the scam, someone calls homeowners or businesses and says their power will be shut off unless they make an immediate payment.

The scammers tell the targeted customer the only way to keep the power on is to pay quickly using an untraceable pre-paid debit card, such as the Green Dot or Vanilla Reload Network card, or by making a Western Union money transfer.

Utility officials say they never demand instant payment over the phone and don't require the use of pre-paid debit cards.

Customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive sufficient written notice.

NStar and Western Mass. Electric are both divisions of Northeast Utilities.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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