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Here's how it goes down: Scammers pose as utility company representatives, ask to see your utility bill and promise lower rates. From there they often get account information and switch service without permission.
So be on alert if someone comes knocking on your door claiming they come from Con Ed. In fact, a Con Ed spokesperson tells South Slope News that the company doesn't send people to customers' doors asking to see bills. And if someone does this, you should ask for identification immediately.
You can also call 1-800-75-CONED to confirm the person is a company employee.
Sometimes these scams can happen over the phone, so be sure never to arrange payment or give out any account or personal information unless you're certain you're speaking to a Con Edison representative.
If you think you have been a victim of a scam, call your local police precinct precinct. And in fact, there's a complaint line set up by the New York State Department of Public Service to deal with this very issue.