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Westchester Man Threatened After Refusing Phone Scammer, Police Say

A Scarsdale man was threatened by "Josh" who claimed to work for Con Edison while attempting to scam him.
A Scarsdale man was threatened by "Josh" who claimed to work for Con Edison while attempting to scam him. Photo Credit: File

An unidentified scammer claiming to be working for Con Edison recently attempted to bilk a Scarsdale resident out of nearly $1,000.

On Saturday, a Richbell Road resident was present at Scarsdale Police Headquarters to report that he had received a call on his cell phone earlier in the day stating that he owes the company $797.26.

The resident told police that the “employee” stated his name was “Josh” and that he was informed that if he didn’t pay that amount, Con Edison would perform a “hard disconnect” of his business. The man was instructed to go to a Rite Aid store on Central Park Avenue in White Plains and told to buy two Money-Pak cards, one for $500, another for $300.

According to police, “Josh” then instructed the man to scratch a section on the back of the card and call that number. It was at that point that the call was disconnected. Approximately a half hour later, “Josh” called back to ask if he was going to supply the money.

When told he would not be receiving any money, police said “Josh” stated that “he and his crew would be seeing (the Scarsdale resident) soon.” At that point, the man went to police for assistance. The incident is currently under investigation.

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