SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The Schenectady Police Department is currently investigating several incidents within the past month where an individual claims to be from the National Grid Disconnect Department.
In each instance, an individual calls a local business or individual and informs the business or individual that they owe a certain amount of money and that if it is not paid within the hour, they are going to disconnect the power. The caller asks the business or individual to put a certain amount of money on a prepaid card and call them back immediately to give them the numbers on the front and back of the card.
According to police, it appears that this scheme is not only limited to the Schenectady area, but may also be occurring within other jurisdictions. National Grid has been notified and informed the Schenectady Police Department that a "Disconnect Department" does not exist within their organization.
Anyone with any further information regarding these instances is urged to contact the Schenectady Police Departments Detective Division at #518-382-5200.