Posted: Jul 13, 2012 3:05 PM by KOMU Staff
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 6:28 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) warned of a scam Friday which has been promising utility payments to thousands of people nationwide, including some in Missouri.
Consumers have been contacted in person, through fliers, social media and by phone and text messages claiming that the Obama administration is applying credits or payments to utility bills through a new federal program. Scammers say they need the customers' Social Security and bank routing numbers to receive the money. The scammers then give consumers a fake bank routing number to use that will supposedly pay their utility bills.
"People should always take steps to protect their personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit cards or bank account numbers," said Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Gunn. "Please keep your personal information private."
According to the PSC, the following are ways the community can prevent identity theft:
For more information, contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338. To help recognize and report identity theft, contact the Missouri Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.