Easthampton business scammed out of $831
EASTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a possible scam after a Union Street businessman reported Aug. 22 that he had sent $831 to a woman claiming to be Melissa from Western Massachusetts Electric Co.
He told police that the woman called the day before and said his business’s bill wasn’t paid in full and the power would be shut off if he didn’t immediately pay the balance. He used a MoneyPak prepaid card to give her access to $831, Sgt. Bruce Nicol said.
The next day the alleged victim called WMECO and found out the call the previous day was not from the company.
Nicol said police are still investigating the incident. They haven’t received any similar reports from Easthampton businesses, he said.
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