El Paso Electric (EPE) warns customers of scams involving individuals falsely representing EPE tree trimming contractors or employees.
EPE has started to receive calls from customers who claim they have been robbed by individuals impersonating EPE employees claiming to trim trees that are too close to power lines. In the instances reported, the residents did not call EPE to provide this service. EPE is working with local law enforcement on these claims.
EPE contracts with Asplundh Co. to trim trees that are within 10 feet of power lines. Asplundh employees are required to wear easily identifiable apparel and will be in a vehicle with the Asplundh logo on its side.
If there is any question about the authenticity of anyone claiming to represent EPE or a contractor, they should contact EPE directly at (915) 543-5970.
Here are a few tips to avoid this scam:
Here is the most commonly reported tactic: