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Aspen police report phone scam involving utility bills

The Aspen Police Department reported Wednesday that it has received numerous reports over the past few days of a telephone scam in the area.

Residents have been receiving calls from individuals soliciting payment for overdue water and electric bills. Callers threaten to disconnect utility services if payments aren’t received within the hour, according to a news release.

Although the city Utilities Department does contact customers via telephone, “they will never request credit card or bank information over the phone,” the release said. “Never share account or payment information with individuals that contact you via phone.”

Police said that the scam activity is not isolated to Aspen. Reports of a similar scam have been reported throughout the state.

For information about avoiding fraud, visit the following web page: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-ways-avoid-fraud.


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