Skip to comments.Beware of So-called Obama Utility Scam (Thousands fall for "free money")
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.
"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,
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."
Are any white people falling for this? “Taneisha Morris”? Not a shock.
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”.
“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.
I have an idea!
“My mama said: stupid is as stupid does.”
More black on black crime.
Awwww. No comments allowed for this story?
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.
They deserved to be scammed. Real Americans wouldn’t fall for this crap.
Sorry, I can’t help it: Hahahahahahahahahaaahahahahahhh! Bwahahhahahaha! Obamanot suckers!
Help Obama. He’ll help you.
Only if you’re dumb enough to believe it.
Only if pigs grow wings and fly.
Website is in Nigeria and all you have to do is send $68 in order to claim your money.
I wonder why?
Beat me by eight minutes. I should’ve know that would have already be posted. Gullible fools ... all of them.
Way too easy. I’m surprised it took someone this long to come up with it.
Karl “You magnificent bastard” Rove and his magic weather machine?
***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.
Not Obama Bucks LOL
I actually received an email from my electric company cautioning against falling for this scam.
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