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NY1 For You: Scam Still Targets Unsuspecting Con Ed Customers

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A utility scam that's been around for awhile is still taking in unsuspecting customers. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Danile Bombarda, manager of Il Tesoro Restaurant on the Upper East Side, panicked when someone called claiming to be from Con Edison and threatened to shut off his power within 45 minutes unless he made a payment.

"You are afraid that they can cut your light, the restaurant shut down. Sunday night at Il Tesoro we can get 50 or 60 customers," Bombarda says.

It was a spur of the moment decision that cost Bombarda $800. After wiring the money, the manager called Con Ed and had his suspicions confirmed, that it was a scam. 

NY1 contacted the utility company and a spokesman said Con Ed has a warning to all customers on its website about the scam in which a caller says payment must be made by purchasing a Green Dot Money Pak to avoid having utility service turned off.

He went on to say Con Ed gets about 10 reports a day from customers about these scams.

It's information Bombarda wished he had known.

"Be extra careful because something like that can happen, it can happen," Bombarda recommends.

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