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Nelson Police warn of phone scam targets local residents or businesses

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
November 19th, 2014

Nelson Police is advising the public callers phoning local residents or businesses pretending to be a hydro company are scammers.

Nelson Police said the targets are businesses or residents which are contacted and advised that a Hydro company a representative is calling and power will soon be disconnected. 

“To make sure this doesn’t happen, the caller advises that a “Pay Power Reload Pack” is required and it can be obtained from one of the grocery stores in town,” said Sergeant Janet Scott-Pryke of the Nelson Police Department.

Scott-Pryke adds, “the caller will instruct the person to attend the grocery store and buy one of the Pay Power Reload cards then call back at a number given to provide a serial number on the back of the card.

“The card is similar to a prepaid credit card.”

Scott-Pryke said Nelson Police want to take this opportunity to warn residents and businesses of scam.

NPD also wants to to advise anyone receiving a call similar to this, to check the validity of it by hanging up and calling the local business named to ensure there is some credence to the call.

For those still not satisfied that it is valid, please call Nelson Police at 250-354-3919.

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