Multiple cities across North Texas warn residents about fake water bill scam


As hot as it was this year, homeowners in North Texas probably saw their water bills be a little higher than usual, but if you ever receive a call from someone regarding water utility fees, you might want to hang up the phone.

The City of Lewisville is just the latest North Texas town warning residents about scam phone calls placed by thieves trying to collect money from victims by claiming their water bills are late.

The Lewisville Police Department posted a warning on Facebook, after several hotels in the area were contacted about “late water bills.”  City of Lewisville Spokesperson Matt Martucci said in a statement per WFAA, “During the conversation, they were sent a link to an online cash app payment place that when you open the link, it showed the City of Lewisville logo as the icon, and then an amount of $8,500 was requested to prevent the water from being shut off.”

They cautioned that the City of Lewisville would “NEVER attempt to obtain money in the form of cash, Zelle, cash app, Apple pay, Google pay, or gift cards.”  We’re certain the same can be said for every other city across the country.

The cities of Dallas and Irving have also issued warnings to their residents about similar scams.  An official with the City of Irving stated, “The city never calls you to make a payment, we’re never going to ask you to make a payment in cash and we’re certainly never going to send you a cash app to make a payment.”

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