Alert: Better Business Bureau Fraud Warning

Published on 01/25/2013. Related articles: notices and alerts

The Better Business Bureau has issued a nationwide warning about a new scam claiming that President Obama will pay consumer utility bills through a new federal program.  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 number and their financial institution's routing number.  In return, consumers are given a fraudulent 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 financial institution account number is discovered to be fake.

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