New utility scam is popping up across the nation – Yahoo! Homes

New utility scam is popping up across the nation – Yahoo! Homes.

My daughter has had problems over the years keeping up with her utilities due to job losses. This new scam would target such people eager to find a solution to fix their problem. The Better Business Bureau says that the scammers are calling people saying their electric, water, or gas service will be cut off if they don’t purchase a prepaid debit card to pay their bill. Then the scammers drain the money from the card.
Things to watch out for: beware of being asked to pay by prepaid debit card. Those transactions cannot be reversed.
Watch out for threats to cut off your service unless you make immediate payment. End the call and then call the customer service number on your utility bill to talk to a real representative.
If someone shows up at your home claiming to be from your utility company ask for their identification! Do not let them into your home if you did not schedule the service appointment and then call the utility company to confirm that they sent someone to your home.
Click on this link to learn more about this scam.

http://www.bbb.org/us/article/beware-of-scam-calls-during-president-obamas-visit-to-texas-35576

 

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About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I am a retired wedding cake decorator. I like watching Netflix on the Wii. I am catching up on all of the old tv shows I missed when they were on prime time! Right now though, I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to New utility scam is popping up across the nation – Yahoo! Homes

  1. SingleFocus says:

    Thanks for the heads-up!

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  2. Edwin Flynn says:

    Sounds like the utility bill scam discussed at http://www.callercenter.com/blg/articles/electric-company-phone-scam/ where the scammer purportedly poses as a utility company rep and demands payment for utility bills from the recipient.

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