Scam Alert:

JCP&L Utility Scam Alert
A recent scam involves a caller posing as an electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made, using a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot card. These pre-paid cards are available at convenience stores and drug stores, and customers can use them to pay bills or add money to online accounts. JCP&L does not endorse the use of Green Dot cards as a bill payment method. If a customer receives a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card, they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities. Although JCP&L representatives sometimes do call customers to remind them that a payment is past due, they explain how a payment can be made using one of the following established payment options: • Direct Debit • Automated Phone Payment - 1-866-569-4770 • Authorized Payment Location - www.firstenergycorp.com/forms/paymentagencies • Mail Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L’s customer service number at 1-800-662-3115. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/paymentoptions.

 

PSE&G is once again urging customers to be vigilant to a telephone scam where callers threaten to shut off electric or gas service if payment is not made that day.

The scam, which has been reported across the country, involves payments using Green Dot MoneyPaks, and currently seems to be targeting customers in Mercer County.  (PSE&G alerted the public to a similar scam several times in 2013.)

 how does the scam work? 

  • Individuals pretending to be PSE&G employees call customers and demand that they make payment within hours using a Green Dot Money Pak, a type of pre-paid card.
  • Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money on to the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
  • Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their gas/electric service will be shut off that day.
  • Typically, after the customer provides that MoneyPak number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card, and cashes it in at an ATM.

 what should customers know?

  • Customers should be wary of callers who demand immediate payment and threaten service termination.
  • PSE&G does not accept Green Dot Money Pak cards.  PSE&G offers a variety of payments options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
  • When PSE&G makes an outbound phone call to customers, customer-specific information is shared with the customer.  That information includes the account name, address, number and current balance.  If customers do not receive this correct information, they likely are not speaking with a PSE&G representative.
  • Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call from PSE&G — especially one in which payment is requested — should call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
  • PSE&G customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice on their bill at least 10 days in advance.  Customers who are struggling to pay their bill are encouraged to call PSE&G at 1-800-357-2262 to discuss payment options and visit pseg.com/help to learn about programs that can help.


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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES


IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1

Non-Emergency Contacts

Hopewell Emergency Medical Unit – 466 - 0060

Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Unit – 730-8156

Pennington First Aid Squad – 737- 0479

Union (Titusville) Fire and Rescue Squad – 737- 1213 - www.ufcrs.org

Hopewell Township Fire District - www.hopewelltwp.org/fire/

Hopewell Valley Bureau of Fire Safety - Fire Inspections www.hopewelltwp.org/fire/BFS.html
(this is the link people need to follow if they are selling their homes)

Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Unit - www.hopewelltwp.org/fire/

Special Need Registration Program

Basic Life Support Services

Hopewell Valley is served by one paid and three volunteer emergency medical services, which provide basic life support. The medical response areas are the valleys three fire districts that were established many years ago. Today, they still generally provide geographically sound boundaries for rapid emergency response.

The Pennington First Aid Squad is a volunteer organization, which serves Pennington Borough and the Pennington Fire Company response district (District 51) of Hopewell Township. The squad is located on Broemel Place in Pennington Borough and is the busiest of the volunteer emergency medical services. They are funded by a squad fund drive and tax dollars allotted by Pennington Borough and the Hopewell Township Fire District.

The Hopewell Borough Fire Department's Emergency Medical Unit, staffed by volunteers, serves the Borough of Hopewell and the Hopewell Fire Company's response district (District 52) of Hopewell Township. Hopewell E.M.U. is located at the firehouse on Columbia Ave. in the Borough of Hopewell and is supported by tax funds from the Hopewell Borough and Hopewell Township Fire Districts as well as the organizations fund raising activities.

The Union Fire Company Rescue Squad is located at the firehouse on Rt. 29 in Titusville and serves the Titusville Fire response district (District 53) of Hopewell Township. This volunteer unit is supported through tax funds of the Hopewell Township Fire District and the organizations fund raising.

Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Unit also operates a medical response unit from 6 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. This unit's formation was in response to the three volunteers organizations' difficulty in finding new members available to ride during the normal working hours. All of the units are familiar with each other's equipment and personnel and frequently work together at scenes to form a unified team to deal with the Valley's medical emergencies.

All units above provide their services without any charge to the patients.

Advanced Life Support Services

Hopewell Valley's advanced life support services are obtained through the Mercer County Mobile Intensive Care Unit of Capital Health Systems at the Helene Fuld Campus in Trenton. Four to six units are constantly manned and stationed in specific districts throughout the County. These units (ALS units) respond along with the local emergency medical services in potentially life threatening cases. The response is directed by specific protocols obtained by the 9-1-1 Communications Center when the initial call is received. The ALS units charge each patient through Capital Health Systems substantial fees for their services. Frequently patients are confused and believe that they are being billed by their local emergency medical service.

Trauma centers are easily accessed through ground transport or by the New Jersey Air Medical Unit currently operated by the New Jersey State Police. All local BLS and ALS units have pre-designated landing zones used in these situations which cuts the response time from injury to intervention to a minimum. The ALS dispatch center handles air medical dispatch and coordination when field EMS personnel report specific criteria upon scene arrival.

This two tiered system of response allows both life threatening and non-life threatening calls for service to be handled with a minimum but adequate number of resources to handle the situation.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1

 

 
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