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Mesa PD: Be wary of fraudulent utility calls

MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Mesa police are cautioning residents to be wary of callers posing as utility bill collectors.

Officers said a resident recently got a phone call from a person posing as an employee of city of Mesa utilities and SRP electric. The caller claimed she was behind on her bill and unless she paid several hundred dollars, her utilities would be shut off.

She paid the bill and then alerted the city about the call. Utility officials said they neither initiated the call nor took the payment.

Police advise residents receiving a suspicious call to ask the person to identify himself and discontinue the conversation. Call the company or utilities office yourself and verify if you have been called or are behind on your payments.

Don't provide any personal or financial information over the phone. Contact the police department and provide as much detailed information about the call as possible.

For those in Mesa, the police non-emergency number is 480-644-2211, option 2.

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