Scammer threatens to shut off power at New Canaan Laundromat
The owner of New Canaan Laundromat, 24 Burtis Ave., nearly fell victim to a telephone scam Aug. 28, according to police.
The 69-year-old owner called police at 10 a.m. to report that he received a call from someone claiming to be Mike Kelly from Connecticut Light & Power, police said. The caller said the complainant had an outstanding balance of $1,000 and threatened to shut off power at the laundromat if a payment wasn't made that day, according to the report.
Police said the caller told the complainant he would accept $450 as payment on the debt, but the money would need to be sent to him through a Green Dot prepaid card.
Although the laundromat owner felt the call was unusual since he told police that he pays his bills on time, he was unsettled by the car went to CVS Pharmacy, 94 Park St., to purchase the card, according to police.
However, while purchasing the card, he told the cashier what it was for and she advised him to call CL&P first to confirm the call about the debt was legitimate.
Police said the complainant called the power company and found out he did not owe anything.