Better Business Bureau Warns: New Scam Claims President Obama Will Pay Your Utility Bills
Univest has been warned of a recent scam which affects utility
customers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has released the
information below warning customers about this fraudulent activity.
Please be alert to individuals wanting to assist you with a new
federal government utility assistance program.
The BBB has issued a nationwide
warning about a new scam claiming that President Obama will pay
your utility bills through a new federal program.
How the scam works:
Consumers have been contacted through telephone calls, fliers,
social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is
providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. To receive
the money, scammers claim they need the consumer's social security
and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a
fraudulent bank routing number to pay their utility bills through
the automated telephone payment service. The payment service
initially 'accepts' the payment but then declines it within a few
days when the bank account number is discovered to be fake.
The BBB has these tips to avoid becoming a victim of this
- Never provide your social security number, credit card number
or banking information to anyone requesting it who calls you,
regardless of whom they claim to be representing.
- If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and
feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang
up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility
- Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring,
natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an
appointment or have reported a utility problem. Also, ask utility
employees for proper identification.
- Always think safety first. Do not give in to high pressure
tactics over the phone for information or in person to get into
For more information about identity theft scams, please visit The Better Business Bureau.