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Town of North Castle Police Department
Friday January 17th, 2020 :: 02:56 p.m. EST

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Con Edison Telephone Scam ALERT-Please see message for helpful information


The North Castle Police Department once again reminds you to be aware of potential telephone and internet scams. A number of businesses and residents have been targeted by this scam, where the culprits attempt to get you to send money to them to resolve a debt, such as an overdue bill or tax lien. These criminals are very polished in their routine and will use various terminologies to make their claim seem legitimate. Don’t become a victim of their efforts and send them money. Verify the accuracy of the claim and the number from which they are calling by checking it online or against a bill or invoice that you have received from the agency. Do not send any funds without ensuring that you are dealing with the actual company or agency.

The most recent scam is one that involves a person claiming to be from Con Edison who states that your electric service will be turned off unless you send them funds immediately. They will ask you to send a wire transfer, Green Dot Money Pak, or other type of pre-paid gift card. Con Edison does not authorize payments for any bills using a pre-paid debit card such as the Green Dot Money Pak. If you receive any calls from Con Edison whereby the person is alleging that you owe money, do not pay them any funds until you verify the authenticity of the claim with Con Edison. Contact Con Edison at 1-800-75CONED (1-800-752-6633). You can obtain further information on Con Edison’s website, www.conEd.com, and also check this Con Edison Scams Bulletin for information specifically regarding these scam activities.

There are several other methods by which persons will attempt to obtain your personal information for use in perpetrating a fraud or larceny against you, including; IRS scams, arrest scams, computer repair scams, lottery scams, jury duty scams, and green dot money card scams. Our senior citizen population is especially vulnerable, as they may not be able to verify the person’s information and often will do whatever they can to resolve a debt or to help a family member in need.

We urge all residents to use caution when dealing with a telephone call or e-mail from an unknown or unverified source. Before you send any money to anyone, always verify the claim with the agency they are allegedly representing. It is important for you to protect your personal information at all times. In short, if something does not seem right, it is probably a scam. Whether received by telephone call or e-mail, these scams can have a long-lasting effect on your personal finances and credit should you fall victim to their efforts. Do not give out personal information over the phone, or via email, to an unknown person or company. Obtain the caller’s name, telephone number and company so that you can try to verify the authenticity of the request.

If you have any questions, or would like to report an incident that has occurred, please contact the North Castle Police Department at 914-273-9500.  You can also stop in to the Police Department at 15 Bedford Road, Armonk, to report an incident.  Should you become an unfortunate victim of one of these scams, Identity Theft packets are available at HQ to facilitate filing reports with the appropriate credit and financial institutions.
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Town of North Castle Police Department
15 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504

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Non-emergencies: 914-273-9500

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