Scam Alert: President Obama Won’t Pay Your Utility Bill

spot a scam 150x150 Scam Alert: President Obama Wont Pay Your Utility BillAre you having trouble paying your utility bill? Don’t worry, President Obama has authorized credits to your account through a new national program. Sound too good to be true? It is.

This multi-state scam has con artists posing as utility company representatives. The catch? They want your Social Security Number along with your credit card and bank routing information. Ugh.

Some victims have been given fraudulent bank account numbers and have been asked to use this account when paying their utility bills. You can imagine what happened next. Remember, you should never give a stranger your personal sensitive information.

People have been targeted by phone, text message, through social media and in person for this scam so stay alert, and stay safe! You can always report scams, get e-mail alerts, and read tips at www.bbb.org/scam.

Thanks to the Montana Public Service Commission for bringing this scam to my attention through their recent press release.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.