Meriden police are residents of scammers pretending to work for Northeast Utilities and calling business owners demanding fictitious late payments.
According to police, six businesses have reported fraudulent calls over the past two months in Meriden. The callers allege the businesses are overdue on their utility payments and threaten to turn off the electricity unless account holders pay up immediately.
Calls of this nature are not limited to the Meriden area. Connecticut Light & Power also tweeted out a warning Friday about a similar scam happening in Branford.
Anyone who receives such a call is urged to contact their local police department right away.