NM Scam Warning

Apr 25, 2013

Attorney General Gary King is warning New Mexicans about two scams targeting consumers.

In one, King says, an operation out of California is using official-looking documents to convince homeowners to send payments to them instead of their lender. He says the mailings may state "Notice of HUD Relief." The phone and mail claims offer "Making Home Affordable" or Housing and Urban Development loan modifications.

In another scheme, King says Public Service Company of New Mexico reports an uptick in phone scammers claiming to be PNM who threaten customers with disconnection or meter removal.

Customers are told by the scammers to purchase a prepaid gift card through PayPal or at a retailer, and then call them back with the card number, which the scammer then redeems.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.