The Newest Phone Scam
It's a scam and folks are falling for it! Another 2,000 folks fell for it last week.
A multistate identity theft scam that claims President Barack Obama will pay your utility bills appears to have widened.
The scheme was first reported in May, when Dallas-based Atmos Energy warned its 3 million customers in 12 states that scammers had been asking for Social Security numbers to enroll in the faux federal program.
According to the pitch—distributed via email, Facebook, text message, phone and, in some cases, door-to-door sales—the government would pay a month of energy costs through credits offered by the Obama administration.
PSE&G, the New Jersey gas and electric delivery utility, issued a similar warning the same month. There were 10,000 reported victims in New Jersey in recent weeks, and thousands more in North Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
The offer even includes a fake Federal Reserve bank routing number for those who enroll, and solicits "success stories" to pass along to friends online.
Then they ask for your social security number!
Although various government programs to assist low-income households with their utility bills do exist, "there is no government program that provides blanket grants to cover everyone's utility bills in full for a whole month.
YES, TENNESSEE IS INCLUDED IN THE WARNING ABOUT THE SCAM.