PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – A 20-year-old woman reported being scammed out of $220 in another case of fraud by a person claiming to be from Consolidated Edison, police said.
On Aug. 23, the woman received a phone call from a person telling her that her Con-Ed account was past due and if a minimum payment of $220 was not made her power would be shut off. The person asked her to purchase a prepaid credit card and called back with the information on the card.
When she received her real Con-Ed bill, it showed there was no payment made. When she called the power company, she was informed that she was the victim of a scam. She reported the incident to police Friday.
On Aug. 24 a 30-year-old Port Chester woman reported she was scammed out of $200 in a similar scam. Lt. Jim Ladeairous, spokesman for the Port Chester Police Department, said this type of fraud appears to be “going further and further.”