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Beware of So-called Obama Utility Scam (Thousands fall for "free money")
WIFR ^ | Updated: Tue 11:50 PM, Jul 10, 2012 | Meghan Dwyer

Posted on 07/13/2012 11:58:30 AM PDT by Red Steel

If you recently heard President Obama would fork out up to $1000 of your utility bills - watch out. It's just a ploy to steal your personal information.

More than a thousand people have fallen for the scam across the Midwest, and Alliant Energy in Wisconsin says more nearly 100 payments went through before the company realized the routing numbers were bogus.

Scammers will call you or knock on your door asking for credit card information and your social security number. If the payment goes through, friends tell other friends to try it.

ComEd spokespeople say that should be the first sign that the promotion isn't real because programs that help people with their utility bills don't come to you - you have to apply.

If you fell for the scam, utility companies say you should call police and file a report, then cancel any credit cards or other information and run a credit check.

And don't forget to pay your utility bill the way you normally do, because the payment will be rejected.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News
KEYWORDS: dupes; obama; scam
And another article

"Thousands fall victim to utility bill payment scam July 13, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. — As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he's not actually offering to pay your monthly bills.

But thousands of Americans have been persuaded otherwise, falling victim to a fast-moving scam that claims to be part of an Obama administration program to help pay utility bills in the midst of a scorching summer.

The scheme spread quickly across the nation in recent weeks with help from victims who unwittingly shared it on social media sites before realizing they had been conned out of personal information such as Social Security, credit card and checking account numbers.

"No one knows who is behind this," said Katherine Hutt, spokeswoman for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, Va. "We're pretty concerned. It seems to have really taken off."

People from all corners of the country report being duped,

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Taneisha Morris' sister was drawn into the hoax after a friend received a text promising federal assistance with her bills. The sister sent the information to Morris, a Detroit woman who is unemployed after losing her job as a manager at a KFC restaurant.

Morris quickly took advantage, providing her Social Security number and asking for $187 toward her DirecTV bill and $800 toward what she owed DTE Energy, a Michigan utility."

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/jul/13/thousands-fall-victim-utility-bill-payment-scam/

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1 posted on 07/13/2012 11:58:42 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Are any white people falling for this? “Taneisha Morris”? Not a shock.


2 posted on 07/13/2012 12:01:00 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Red Steel

However, according to one of his supporters, Barry will buy the gas for your car and pay your mortgage. He gets the money out of his “stash”.


3 posted on 07/13/2012 12:01:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help reduce voter fraud in America! If you see something, say something!)
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To: Red Steel

“Free money,” from the G is a “scam”?

The G pays tens of millions of Americans cash money to sit around on their butts all day watching Judge Judy, smokin’ crack, and having babies.


4 posted on 07/13/2012 12:04:02 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Red Steel
"a Detroit woman who is unemployed ... asking for $187 toward her DirecTV bill"

I have an idea!

5 posted on 07/13/2012 12:04:02 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Individual Liberty, R.I.P, 6/28/2012)
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To: Red Steel

“My mama said: stupid is as stupid does.”


6 posted on 07/13/2012 12:08:44 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Red Steel

More black on black crime.


7 posted on 07/13/2012 12:10:03 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Red Steel

Awwww. No comments allowed for this story?


8 posted on 07/13/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT by Augustinian monk
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To: Red Steel

Posted several times on FR already,

A local tv news clip mentioned that few of the “victims” have much dough in their accounts to loot, but the perps open credit cards with the info.


9 posted on 07/13/2012 12:11:24 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Red Steel

Idiots.

They deserved to be scammed. Real Americans wouldn’t fall for this crap.


10 posted on 07/13/2012 12:14:14 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Red Steel
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
It's just ZERO supporters falling for this crap.
They will be trying to get their money back on election day, while we are VOTING. . . . . .
11 posted on 07/13/2012 12:18:02 PM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Red Steel

Sorry, I can’t help it: Hahahahahahahahahaaahahahahahhh! Bwahahhahahaha! Obamanot suckers!


12 posted on 07/13/2012 12:19:18 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Help Obama. He’ll help you.

Only if you’re dumb enough to believe it.

Only if pigs grow wings and fly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI


13 posted on 07/13/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Red Steel

Website is in Nigeria and all you have to do is send $68 in order to claim your money.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 12:26:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Red Steel
I bet this woman was one of them!
15 posted on 07/13/2012 12:32:34 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Augustinian monk
No comments allowed for this story?

I wonder why?

16 posted on 07/13/2012 12:33:31 PM PDT by Capn Freedom
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To: F15Eagle

Beat me by eight minutes. I should’ve know that would have already be posted. Gullible fools ... all of them.


17 posted on 07/13/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

GMTA


18 posted on 07/13/2012 12:40:08 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Red Steel

Way too easy. I’m surprised it took someone this long to come up with it.


19 posted on 07/13/2012 12:42:13 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: montag813

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI&feature=related


20 posted on 07/13/2012 12:43:48 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: Red Steel

Karl “You magnificent bastard” Rove and his magic weather machine?


21 posted on 07/13/2012 12:47:09 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: Red Steel

***asking for $187 toward her DirecTV bill***

She must have full service plus rent lots of movies to watch!

My DTV is never more than $105! But then I don’t have HBO, Showtime or Skinamax.


22 posted on 07/13/2012 1:30:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Not Obama Bucks LOL


23 posted on 07/13/2012 1:39:27 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Red Steel

I actually received an email from my electric company cautioning against falling for this scam.


24 posted on 07/13/2012 1:45:47 PM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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