Scammers posing as Con Edison workers are trying to swindle people in the New York area by promising lower bills or threatening to cut off service, the utility said Friday.
Con Edison has received reports from customers in the Bronx, Queens and Yonkers who said they were approached by people with fake company ID cards.
Victims would be offered discounts or power bill vouchers if they paid their account balance to one of the people posing a Con Edison employee, the utility said. Then, the scammer would attempt to pay the account balance using a fake checking account and tell the customer their bill had been paid.
If the customer checked their account online, their balance would appear to be paid for a few days, until the payment was rejected.
It’s not the only scheme scammers are trying to run on utility customers. In another recent scheme, customers have been getting calls from people claiming that if they didn't pay their balance using a prepaid debit card, their electricity or gas would be shut off.
Con Edison is asking that customers ask for identification from anyone who claims to work for the utility or call 1-800-75-CONED to confirm that the person works for the company. Also, the company is warning people not to arrange payments over the phone if the caller asks for a prepaid debit card.