On the heels of last weeks punishing heat wave residents across the country including northern
"Since our alert on Friday, July 6th, BBB has received calls from consumers asking more about this scam. We have conveyed to them there is no special bailout or any other kind of program authorized by the President to help with utility bills," said Michael Coil, President/CEO BBB of Northern Indiana.
Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, after they “register” by providing social security numbers and banking information, account and routing numbers. Deposits briefly appear in victims’ checking accounts only later to learn they drew out of invalid accounts.
Coil added, “There have been reports of as many as 2,000 people in
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