AGs office warns of Los Alamos telephone fire scams

Posted: June 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Flames are visible on a ridge facing Pajarito off of state road 501 during the second day of the Las Conchas Fire in Los Alamos on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (Jane Phillips/The New Mexican)

As the Las Conchas fire rages near Los Alamos, we unfortunately knew this was bound to happen.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday issued a fraud warning on telephone scams seeking monetary donations for fire assistance.

Here is their scam alert:

  • SCAM: Fraudulent phone calls purporting to be the Red Cross soliciting money to benefit Los Alamos fire victims.
  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Unknown
  • OVERVIEW:  Consumers are reporting to the AG’s office and Red Cross New Mexico they are receiving automated “robo-calls” asking for financial contributions to benefit victims of the Los Alamos fire.  Personal information is requested during the call.
  • PREVENTION: Red Cross New Mexico has confirmed they are NOT soliciting funds via robo-calls to benefit victims of the Los Alamos fire.  Consumers who receive this type of fraudulent call should not share any private and personal information that is requested. Scam calls and phone numbers related to these calls can be reported to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and Red Cross New Mexico. Contact Red Cross New Mexico directly to find out how to give legitimate donations.
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