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Watch Out for Fake ConEd Employees

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While there are many legitimate alternative energy service companies (ESCOs) available, if someone comes to your door claiming to work for ConEd, and they won’t show you ConEd identification, that’s probably a scam, and you should watch out. Neighbor Max had this experience today, around Ocean Ave and Dorchester:

I just had a well-dressed young woman come to my door and claim she was from ConEd. When I asked what she wanted she said she was coming to enquire about a notice on my statement I hadn’t responded to. I sent her on her way–she was reluctant to tell me who she represented or what she wanted.

15 minutes later a second woman came by with the same story. It might be tempting to find a way to lower energy bills during the heat waves, but my rule of thumb is never trust anyone soliciting utility business door-to-door.

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  1. If it’s an apartment building and a salesman – ESCO or otherwise – knocks on an apartment door, it’s trespassing. Call the police. 

  2. I called 911 when this happened and ten minutes later there were four (4!) cops at my door. Their advice: just say no, and don’t say you’ll call the police but do that anyway. The policepeople promised the perps would at least be taken to the station, maybe kept overnight. It looks more like a nuisance than a crime but the police DO take it seriously.

  3. The police use the 911 call center for pretty much all calls now.  When my car was vandalized, I called 911.  The operator told me to call 911 again to check on the status of the cops if they didn’t come within an hour.  I asked, “Are you sure, shouldn’t I call a non-emergency number?”  “No, just call 911.”

    That being said?  How is this not a 911 call?  The point is for the police to come quickly and ARREST these people.

  4. Good to know the police take this stuff seriously. So the next question that comes to mind is whether they’ll do the same for the religious proselytizers who ring the bell. Trespassing is trespassing, when someone gains unauthorized access to a building right? 

  5. Thanks for writing that.  I always wanted to call the cops on these clowns since they really do try to impersonate a ConEd employee but wasn’t sure how the cops would react.

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