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Urgent Fraud Alert for New Mexico Counties

 

New Mexico counties and municipalities are being advised of a recent fraud scheme.  During the past month, there have been attempts to defraud the Rio Arriba County Treasurer’s Office out of approximately $100,000.

 

The fraud appears to be perpetrated from an out-of-state source through the use of “Craig’s List”—by the issuance of multiple checks bearing the Rio Arriba County Treasurer’s Office information.  The check are not printed on the colors used by Rio Arriba County which has helped both the county and Rio Arriba’s banking institution identify them.  To date, it appears that no monies have been lost due to this perpetrated fraud.

 

The State Auditor, Department of Finance & Administration, and New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department Division have been advised of this activity. NMAC is asking counties to be particularly vigilant with their banking records and be on the alert for this type of fraud.


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