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Army officials are warning Wiesbaden housing residents to be on the lookout for sham invoices claiming they owe money for sewage line maintenance.

The fake bills recently were mailed to several homes in U.S. housing areas near Wiesbaden, as well as to local German residences.

About 10 people have taken the letters to the utilities office of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, and the German media began warning residents of the scam over the weekend, said Anemone Rueger, a spokeswoman for USAG Wiesbaden.

It is unclear just how many homes in Germany received the fake bills, she said.

One publication reported Sunday that a German was arrested over the weekend near Hamburg for allegedly mailing more than 200,000 letters stating that residents owed about 180 euros for sewer line services, according to a translation, which was provided by Rueger.

The letters came from a firm called “HaPo Rohr und Kanalreinigung,” which translates roughly to “HaPo Pipes and Sewers,” Rueger said.

Anyone who receives such a letter should contact the USAG Wiesbaden’s public works office at DSN 337-5500.

The letters will be forwarded to German police for investigation, Rueger said.


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