Hoboken police warn residents of PSE&G worker impersonation scheme


The Hoboken Police Department has issued a warning about individuals engaging in a scheme where they impersonate PSE&G workers to gain access into people’s homes.

PSE&G workers during a gas leak drill in Bayonne back on November 29, 2016.
PSE&G workers during a gas leak drill in Bayonne back on November 29, 2016.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Back on Thursday April 27th at approximately 4 p.m., an unidentified black male with dreadlocks tried to gain entry into a residence near 6th and Grant Street by impersonating a PSE&G worker, authorities said.

The man knocked on the door and told the resident he had to check things out since they were red flagged, but this request was suspicious since the resident’s rent included utilities and there were no meters inside, officials said.

As a result, the resident shut and locked the door and called the police. The man was wearing a white sweater and black pants, as well as lanyard around his neck, when he tried to pass himself off as a PSE&G worker, police said.

Authorities also said he holding a clipboard and was believed to be working with two other men who also had similar clipboards and were walking through the common area.

Police warn that residents should always try to verify the identity of someone who tries to enter their home and when in doubt, they should contact the department.

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  1. Hoboken ain’t what it use to be. I can’t walk around with a clipboard anymore without people looking at me like a criminal. NExt time I go to Staples things won’t be the same. End of an Era!