Ameren Warns Against Utility Scam

8 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Friday, July 06 2012 Jul 6, 2012 Friday, July 06, 2012 7:26:00 AM CDT July 06, 2012 in News
By: Matt Moreno

MISSOURI - Ameren Corporation is urging people to be wary of new scammers trying to steal Social Security numbers.

In a statement on the Ameren website, the company said it has reports from several states of scammers claiming President Obama is "providing credits or applying payments to the customer's utility bill."

The scammers want people to make payments using a bank routing number and the number on the back of their Social Security cards. Ameren notes customers cannot pay a utility bill using this method.

Scammers have visited customers in person, posted fliers, and used social media to try and obtain personal information according to Ameren. 

Ameren Corporation lists some tips of how to keep your information safe:

  • Never give your credit card, debit card, Social Security, ATM checking or saving account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls or sends an email requesting this information.
  • If a caller claims to be an Ameren Illinois or Ameren Missouri representative and asks for immediate payment or requests other personal information, hang up and contact us.
  • Never allow anyone into your home who wants to check your electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or have reported a natural gas leak, and the person has proper identification.
  • Photo identification is carried by every Ameren employee and includes name, employee number and an official Ameren logo.
  • If you suspect a person is impersonating an Ameren employee, end the conversation and immediately call your local police, then contact Ameren.

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