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City of Allen - Headline Updates

Posted on: August 6, 2013

[ARCHIVED] City Issues Alerts on Utility Scam and Illegal Dumping

The City of Allen is advising residents of an ongoing utility scam involving CoServe customers. Also, a recent problem with illegal dumping has been caused by contract workers hired for property cleanup.

CoServe recently issued a warning about a scam targeting their utility customers. The scam involves either a caller identified as a CoServe representative or a postcard left on a door advising the customer to call a phone number identified as a CoServe number. In both situations, the customer is advised that immediate payment must be made to prevent disconnection of service. To date, there have been no incidents in Allen; however, CoServe is a service provider in our city.

On a separate issue, one of the largest illegal dumping cleanup operations in the last few years recently occurred on the banks of Mustang Creek at the southwest corner of Allen Heights and Bethany Road. Upon investigation, the situation was the result of contract workers hired for residential property cleanup.

For this reason, homeowners are reminded to get contact and identifying information when hiring contract workers for property clean up services. Also, require proof of proper disposal before making payment. This will prevent having to pay fines and cleanup fees for materials illegally dumped.

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