“Scams are everywhere,” said Captain Christopher Mason of the 104 Precinct. “I don’t care whether you’re in Mayberry, Oklahoma or whatever, there are always people trying to capitalize on those who have good hearts.”
He said that the 104th Precinct gets reports of fake Fed Ex deliverymen who attempt to force their way into homes once the door is opened. However, the most common scam in the neighborhood is criminals who pose as Con Ed workers to get into a person's home.
Typically, one individual will keep the homeowner occupied while a second individual enters the premises and begins stealing items.
However, Mason said criminals are constantly coming up with new ways of robbing people.
A 40-year Maspeth resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said at around 11 a.m. on Grand and 57th avenues last month, a man approached her with an envelope full of money and said he was interested in finding the owner.
Once she noticed a woman walking up behind her, she made her way quickly down a residential street to get away from the two. She said she is afraid for the community.
“I know a scam when I see one,” she said after coming to this paper's offices with her story.