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Colonie businesses warned about alleged National Grid scheme

COLONIE, N.Y. -  Colonie Police say they have received a number reports of schemes possibly targeting businesses. 

According to police, there have been eight reported scenes or attempted schemes involving a suspect identifying themselves as being from National Grid. The suspect allegedly demands immediate payment for overdue utility or power to the businesses will be shut off. 

The caller requests victims to make a payment using a Green Dot Money Pak Card. The card is a prepaid card that can be used by anyone who has the card number and pin number. Police say the suspect instructs the victim where they can buy the card.

According to authorities, the same telephone number was used in all of the reported cases.

The telephone number, 518-795-6019, is from an internet phone service provided by Magic Jack phone number. However, police say the phone number is no longer in service. 

Colonie Police say three of the schemes were successful and five were not. The successful schemes resulted in a total loss of about $6,400. 

The businesses targeted in these incidents were with food related establishments.

National Grid does not contact customers by telephone to demand pay for overdue utility service and they do not conduct a Green Dot Money Pak program. Customers who believe they were a victim of a scheme or attempted scheme, should contact police.

If consumers are contacted by someone who states they are from National Grid, police advise the person to end the conversation and contact National Grid themselves. 

Other local jurisdictions have been affected by this type of scheme. 

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