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Post by Intercasa on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:12 am

I got a call yesterday that a person from CFE (electric company) was at a clients home with the police and they were threatening to shut off their power in Chula Vista. They said that they needed an immediate payment of $40,000 pesos cash or else they would cut off the electricity and if they did that then the bill would be $3,000,000, property was tenant occupied and landlord was out of area and scared and when we checked with CFE they said THEY NEVER SEND PEOPLE OUT AND NEVER ASK FOR CASH. Gave a name of Claudia and a cell number to call. They also said they would cut the power if they called me so I immediately went there and they were gone, I wanted to take their pictures. Funny thing was there were real Chapala police officers with them so maybe they fooled the cops too. Be wary of anybody wanting cash and any payments not made at an official office with official, receipt.
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Post by Defarge on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:47 am

Very ambitious scam. Hope nobody falls for this.
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Re: New CFE extortion scam

Post by Trailrunner on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:56 am

All these newbies and tourists are bringing the predators and scammers out of the woodwork.

Had a friend visiting and she signed up for a "tour" from someone on FB. The tour lasted about 2 hours, drove around Chapala and Ajijic neighborhoods, never even went to Joco or past west Ajijic, and charged her 100 US. She ended up using a private driver for something later and told him the story and he said - What! I would have charged you half that! I told her I would have done it for free!
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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:00 pm

Thanks for the warning Spencer.

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Post by Chapalagringa on Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:30 pm

How the police could say they couldn’t call their lawyer????

Last year a really high CFE bill arrived and it ended up that of all things, the meter that was switched out was from a house in Chula Vista with the same address and a big bill! Crazy.
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Post by addtocart on Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:51 am

The real question is, do they really think we are so stupid/scared that we would actually pay the 3 million pesos?
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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:06 am

If they were smarter they would stick to a lessor amount that people might have handy......like maybe 4K.

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Post by Trailrunner on Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:41 am

Really? Maybe they fooled the real Chapala cops too?? That's scary. I would be thinking a little different scenario.
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Re: New CFE extortion scam

Post by Clete on Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:30 pm

Why the misleading title of the thread? The perps had nothing to do with the CFE. I would think a lawyer would choose his words more carefully.

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Re: New CFE extortion scam

Post by manymoonsago on Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:25 pm

Clete: Spencer got folks' attention by the title of the post. Good communication skills are the one mark of a good lawyer.
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Post by Clete on Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:33 pm

Actually it was very misleading and suggests prior scams. If you consider that skilful communications then you probably won't know what a good lawyer is either.

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Re: New CFE extortion scam

Post by Intercasa on Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:29 pm

There have been prior scams such as the fake email billing. The people were impersonating someone from CFE although the police were with them, one can never be too careful.
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Re: New CFE extortion scam

Post by Trailrunner on Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:49 pm

That's right, and thanks for the warning.
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