Central Maine Power Co. is warning small businesses in southern Maine about a fraudulent scheme to collect payments for utility service. At least two businesses have contacted CMP within the last week after making payments into bogus accounts in response to the scheme, the company stated in a press release. CMP has reported those incidents to the police and the Maine Attorney General's Office.
In its release, CMP said customers have reported receiving bill collection calls and, in some cases, personal visits, from someone identifying himself as "Carlos," who claims to represent CMP. The calls appear to originate from New Jersey with a 201 area code. Sometimes Carlos will instruct the customer to return the call and ask for extension 2025. Callers are told to deposit cash or a money order into bogus accounts through convenience store cash transfer systems to avoid immediate disconnection of service.
CMP urged its customers to confirm the authenticity of any call for payment on their utility accounts, and report suspicious calls to the local police.