ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Gas Co. is warning about a fake bill collector who went to a Rio Rancho customer’s home recently to demand immediate payment.
The bogus employee, wearing a white shirt with a Gas Co. logo, threatened to shut off the customer’s service if no payment was made. The customer did give the imposter a check but realized it was a scam and had the check blocked.
While scammers have telephoned customers to make threats, “this is the first episode in recent memory where someone apparently impersonated an … employee, walked up to a customer’s door and asked for money,” company president Ryan Shell said in a written statement.
The company reminds customers that they can confirm an employee’s identity by asking for ID or by checking with the company at 1-888-664-2726.
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