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Posted on: June 1, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Utility Scam Reported Across the Country

A multi-state scam seems to be targeting utility customers across the country using promises of assistance to pay utility bills.

The object of the scam is to steal payments and identity information using in-person solicitation, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages. So far, victims have been reported in California, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas.

Customers are being told that President Obama has approved special funding through the Federal Reserve Bank for utility bill assistance. There is no such funding.

Through automated phone calls, in person door-to-door visits, and online solicitation, the scammers are asking customers for personal information, such as social security identification numbers. They then provide victims with a fraudulent bank routing number with which to pay their utility bills.

If you are contacted by anyone offering or soliciting this type of information, please contact the City of Sallisaw Police Department at (918) 775-4141.

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