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Power Outage Impacts South Side of Cranford

The current outage is not related to the earlier PSE&G call scam.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The South Side of Cranford was without power Friday night due to a transformer failure, according to the police department. 

The transformer that failed was located at South Union Avenue near Lexington Avenue.

PSE&G was working to restore power as quickly as possible, a Nixle alert sent out by the police department stated.

The Cranford Police Department sent out an alert of this outage around 7:20 p.m.

Earlier on Friday evening,  the Cranford Police Department was investigating reports of area residents being targeted by a telephone scam demanding instant payment on behalf of PSE&G. The callers are impersonating PSE&G representatives and stating that users' service will be disconnected unless cash is wired through Money-gram/Western Union or if banking information is provided over the phone, according to officials.

Cranford Police suggest anyone who has received this call, contact PSE&G customer service center at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the call. 

Additionally, those who believe they have been targeted should report the matter to the Cranford Police and, if possible, provide the exact time of the call and the originating telephone number if available. More information on the scam can be found, here.

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