NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ New Britain police are warning of telephone scams targeting Latino residents.

Police said Friday it’s received numerous complaints in the last month about a scam by callers speaking Spanish and identifying themselves as representatives of Connecticut Light & Power.

Callers falsely tell residents that the utility has detected excessive voltage being drawn from the target’s home and it must be fixed immediately.

The person being called is warned of a fire without a fix. The person being called is told to provide money immediately on a prepaid money card.

Callers are told that failure to do so will result in electricity cut off.

Police advise anyone receiving such a call to hang up and notify the subsidiary of Northeast Utilities. A CL&P spokesman did not immediately return a call.

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