SCAM ALERT: Con-Artists Target Utilities Customers

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Scammers are once again targeting utilities customers, this time claiming President Barack Obama has approved special funding to help customers pay their bill.

However, there is no such funding program. It's a scam mean to steal identities and gain access to bank accounts.

'We’ve had different scams here this year, and only a few customers let us know they’d been contacted," said Bill Yell, a spokesperson for Huntsville Utilities. "But this one is apparently a very organized scam that is taking place.”

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Already the scam has hit utility companies in California, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. In Memphis, TN 1,000 customers were scammed, and in Gainesville, FL 40 fell victim.

"In this scam they`re asking for information we already have on them, or we`re not going to ask for," said Yell.

The callers ask for social security numbers, bank account information, or credit card numbers. They are attacking from every angle, showing up at people's door, posting advertisements via social media websites and even sending text messages.

If contacted by someone claiming to be with a federal program or your utilities provider, do not reveal any private information. Try to gather as much information from them as possible and contact your utilities company as soon as possible.

The number for Huntsville Utilities (256)- 535-1200.

so be wary. already the scammers have hit
don’t let yourself be next.

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