Residents told to look out for scams

Federal State officials are warning residents about scam artists posing as government officials or utility employees to bilk ice storm victims.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration issued a warning that it has received multiple reports of imposters asking for payment in order to get power restored or to speed along the delivery of some other assistance, according to state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.

“Any request for such a payment by anyone claiming to be a utility worker or state official should be viewed with the utmost suspicion,” Ayotte said. “No public utility or state agency will ever make such a request for payment.”

There haven’t been any confirmed reports of such a scam being attempted in New Hampshire, Ayotte said.

To avoid being scammed Ayotte urged residents to request identification from anyone claiming to be from a state agency or public utility and never give out credit card or banking information.

If you have concerns about someone, contact the Attorney General’s Office’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau at 271-3641.

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