LINDEN – A telephone scammer threatened to “shoot up” a Linden woman’s residence on Saturday afternoon after she told the man she was on to the scam, police said.
The victim, a 44-year-old Linden woman, called police to report the threats at 4:30 p.m. on July 27. At approximately 3:20 p.m., a man called her to tell her that she needed to immediately pay $280 because her PSE&G account was delinquent. He knew her name, address, and account number.
The woman believed the call was a scam and called PSE&G to verify that her account was up to date. She called the scammer back using the number found on her caller ID and told him that she was going to report him to the police. He told her, “I will come to your house and shoot up the place,” she told police.
Police are investigating the incident.
Linden police warn citizens to be wary of telephone scams and remind them that PSE&G has stated that they do not solicit payments over the telephone. Residents should hang up the phone and call the customer service number if they have any concerns.
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