By Sabina Mollot
A Stuyvesant Town resident who got a Christmas visit from a scammer posing as a Con Ed employee alerted Town & Village to the incident, in the hope of warning neighbors to be careful.
As the resident, who lives at 453 East 14th Street, told us via email:
“Around noon a very large, white male, with a slight speech impediment was ringing doorbells on my floor and asked for my neighbor to show her Con Ed bill. I felt suspicious as he had rung my bell as well. So in a move of safety and solidarity, I opened my door and told him to leave the building, that he is not allowed to be here. I notified security. Not sure if they found him. Obviously not the brightest scammer since we don’t get Con Ed bills!”
A spokesperson for the NYPD said there was no record of a 911 call from that address and a spokesperson for Con Ed, Allan Drury, said the company’s corporate security department wasn’t aware of it, either.
However, he added, “This sounds nefarious. We do not go door to door asking to see people’s bills. If a person comes to your door and claims to be from Con Edison, ask to see ID. If you’re still unsure, call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) to verify their identity.”
Con Ed has had its name used in vain by various kinds of scammers in recent years, usually over the phone with the caller demanding payment for overdue bills. Scammers have also been known to go to people’s homes or businesses, claiming to be inspectors who need to check meters.