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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Hopewell Township
At a Glance

Both homebuyers and corporations find much to like in Hopewell Township, including open space preservation, popular recreation areas, and important historical sites, including Washington Crossing State Park.
Population (2010):
17,304
Land Area
60.40 sq. miles
Type of Government
5 member Committee
Municipal Services:
Police Force: 31 Persons
737-3100
Fire Protection
3 Volunteer Companies
Union Fire
737-1213
Pennington Fire
737-0381
Hopewell Fire
466-0060
Emergency
911
Refuse Removal Companies
Private
Raritan Valley
1-800-342-5783
Waste Management
1-800-633-9096
Recycling:
Municipal through MCIA
Libraries:
Hopewell Township Branch of Mercer County Library
737-2610
Nearest Hospital:
Capital Health Systems Hopewell Campus
1-800-637-2374
University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
609-853-7000
Capital Health Systems Regional Campus
609-394-6000
Property Tax Per $100 Assessed Value for 2013:
2.516
Assessment Ratio
100%
Municipal Tax Information
737-0630
Tax Assessor:
737-0607
Utilities:
Electricity
PSE&G
921-7000
Jersey Central Power & Light
1-973-401-8600
Natural Gas
 
Elizabethtown Gas Company
1-800-522-4560
1-800-350-7734
Water: Individual Wells
 
Trenton Water Works
  
Small Municipal System
  
Community Based Media
Newspapers
 
Hopewell Valley News
466-1190
Television/Cable Stations:
 
Comcast Cable
394-2288
Verizon FIOS
1-800-427-9977
Shopping Malls and Shopping Districts:
Tree Farm Village
Rt.31
Hopewell Crossing
Rt.31
Cultural:
Performing Theaters:
1
Theater Groups
2
Recreation Facilities:
Howell Farm
737-3299
Rosedale Park
989-6530
Valley Road Group Picnic Area
989-6530
Washington Crossing State Park
737-0623
Independence Park - Hovnanian
 

 
Hopewell Municipal Building

Historic Sites:
Mount Rose Distillery
Pleasant Valley Rural Historic District
Andrew B. Hankins House
Hopewell Township Poor Farm
   (Colonel John Van Cleeve Homestead)
Hunt Farmstead
Hart-Hoch House
Washington Crossing State Park
Delaware and Raritan Feeder
Titusville Historic District
Upper Bellemount Farm
Harbourton Historic District
John D. Hart House
Johnson Ferry House
   (McKonkey's Ferry House)
Ichabod Leigh House
Phillips/Howell Farm
Somerset Roller Mills
The Joseph Stout House
Jeremiah Vandyke House
John Welling House
Jeremia Woolsey House

Hopewell Valley Historical Society


Hotels
   
Secondary Education:
Public:
Hopewell Valley Regional School System 737-4002
Private:
Titusville Academy, NJ 08560 737-7733
Industrial Parks:
Hopewell Valley Industrial Park, Reed Rd.
Recent developments completed:
Beazer Homes/Pennington Point West Phase II
Top Private Employers:
Merrill Lynch
6,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb
1,765
Janssen
1,200
Trap Rock Industries
100
Officials:
Mayor Vanessa Sandom
Deputy Mayor Allen J. Cannon
Administrator/Engineer Paul Pogorzelski
Chief of Police: Lance Maloney
Director Public Works Victor Silvestrov
Tax Assessor Deborah Fox
Tax Collector Mary Kennedy-Nadzak
Health Officer Robert English
Planing Board Secretary Robert Miller
CFO Elaine Cruickshank Borges
Municipal Clerk Laurie Gompf
Municipal Housing Liaison Abigail Meletti
Phone: 609-737-0605
Web Site: www.hopewelltwp.org

 

 
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