NEWARK—Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is concerned about recent reports of strangers posing as PSE&G employees to gain access to a home or to lure a homeowner out of their house.
In a recent incident in Saddle Brook, for example, police said a man reportedly wearing a utility hat told a homeowner that electrical work was being done in front of the house. When the homeowner stepped outside, other men allegedly broke into the house and stole jewelry. They were apprehended by the police. Similar incidents have been reported to police in Linden and Rahway.
“When strangers knock on your door, never let them inside unless you’ve seen their identification and feel comfortable that they are who they state,” said Mike Paszynsky, PSEG’s vice president – security and claims. “If you are ever in any doubt or feel you are in danger, contact the police immediately.”
PSE&G employees have photo identification badges that they must display at all times. If you are not sure of an employee’s identity or have difficulty with the badges, call PSE&G’s toll free, 24-hour customer service center at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). A service representative can verify that an employee has been dispatched to your premises.
Paszynsky believes imposters use the utility’s name because PSE&G employees are recognized and trusted members of communities, and neighborhoods, throughout New Jersey.
“It’s a shame that others are taking advantage of this trust by using the company name to prey on unsuspecting citizens,” Paszynsky said. “The safety and security of our employees and customers is a top concern for us, and we’re urging everyone to be cautious when opening their doors.”
• Ask for identification from anyone who comes to your door looking like a PSE&G employee.
• If you are not satisfied, don’t let the person into your house. Call 911 if you feel intimidated or threatened.
• You can also call PSE&G’s toll free, 24-hour customer service center at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). A service representative can verify that an employee has been dispatched to your premises.
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