QUEENSBORO HILL — A man posing as a Consolidated Edison employee bilked a woman out of nearly $200 this month, police said.
A woman who lives near the corner of 134th Street and 57th Road received a call Jan. 11 at about 6:30 p.m. from a man claiming to be from the utility company, according to police.
The man told her that something was wrong with her lights and that workers would be over shortly to inspect the problem, according to cops.
In the meantime, the man told her to buy a temporary debit card called MoneyPak or Green Pak Card and put $178.47 on it, which the woman did, according to police.
The man called back and then asked her for the PIN and card number and told her to wait for the workers, cops said. They never arrived and her card was later drained of its money, police said.
Investigators cautioned residents that no utility company would ask for money over the phone and urged anyone suspicious of callers asking for cash to call 911.
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