INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller warns consumers of a scam that promises to help pay utility bills in exchange of personal information.
Zoeller said his office has received calls this week from homeowners who are worried about solicitations offering to pay their utilities via a new federal program authorized by President Barrack Obama.
“This summer’s high temperatures mean high utility bills and identify thieves have created a fake program to take off with victims’ personal and financial information,” Zoeller said. “Everyone-especially senior citizens who may be on a fixed income-should be wary of these types of solicitations.”
According to complaints, the scammers say credits will be provided on consumers’ bills if they release their Social Security Numbers or bank account information.
Zoeller said legitimate business will not make unsolicited calls, texts or email messages asking for a SSN or bank account numbers.
Individuals who believe they may be a victim can file a consumer complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by going to www.indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-380-5516.
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