South Jersey Gas warns customers of phone scam

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FOLSOM – South Jersey Gas is warning customers of a scam that attempts to convince them to purchase and provide prepaid money card information over the phone to avoid having their natural gas service disrupted.

This scam has occurred throughout the United States over the past several years impacting customers of electric and gas utility companies.

In the past few weeks, several SJG customers, both residential and commercial accounts, were contacted via telephone by a man claiming to be Jason Martinez. The caller says he is working on behalf of SJG and asks customers to make a payment within a short period of time to avoid service interruption.

In some cases, the caller advises the customer to purchase a Green Dot money card at a local retailer with cash. He then provides a phone number 856-204-8991 for the customer to call back with the card number along with expiration date and CVC code. 

South Jersey Gas reminds customers that it would never ask a customer for immediate payment over the phone. Anyone who receives these types of calls should hang up and call their local police to report the scam and then call SJG customer service at 888-766-9900.

South Jersey Gas, the principal subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, serves natural gas to over 360,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and significant portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties.

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