'Don't be fooled by this phone scam and do not give out any personal identifiers or financial information over the phone' -- Hector Balderas
If someone calls you and says they from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office looking to collect a debt and demanding immediate payment, don’t believe them. It’s a scam. And don’t give them any personal information.
That’s the word from AG Hector Balderas whose office issued a scam alert Monday morning.
“Don’t be fooled by this phone scam and do not give out any personal identifiers or financial information over the phone,” Balderas said. “The Office of the Attorney General does not call you, or hire people to call you, to collect debts or threaten arrest.”
The scammers, Balderas said, are calling New Mexicans and telling them they owe debts, that a bench warrant has been issued by the AG’s Office and that they will be arrested if they don’t pay the debt immediately. The scammers are also saying that they’re working on behalf of the AG’s Office and they identify themselves as “BCDM Processing.”
Balderas added that the AG’s Office does not collect debts, doesn’t hire debt collectors, and that no government agency will require an immediate payment over the phone to prevent you from being arrested.
Scammers have been making similar calls in the state saying they’re from the IRS, Balderas said.