Beware: “Obama Will Pay Your Utility Bill” Scam Goes Nationwide
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Tags: new-york, Social Security, Sylvia Wood, TECO
The scammers who run the fake program ask people to hand over their Social Security numbers so that they can be enrolled in a fake government program which pays their utility bills.
Victims of the scam are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but only after they “register” by surrendering their Social Security numbers.
Of course, the program does not exist, but last week, 2,000 people were tricked in Tampa according to TECO Energy Inc, a local utility company.
“We see scams once or twice a year, and a handful of people fall for them. But this is crazy,” TECO spokeswoman Sylvia Wood told MSNBC.
The scam works so well because the routing numbers provided by the scammers work for a short period. So victims of the scam tell their friends, family and neighbors about it once they receive a confirmation number after the bill is paid. It is only later, after the payment is rescinded, that the victim learns of the scam.
Similar scams were reported in New England, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and California.
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