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Utility Bills Paid by Federal Assistance

How the scam works:

(with video below) This scam is spreading very fast, whether you live in the United States, Canada, UK or Australia. As the utilities in our houses become more and more expensive every year, it would be nice to have federal assistance or programs in place to alleviate some of the payments. However, crooks recently took a first hit at the opportunity. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Paid Utility Bill Scam, as exposed in the news.

Paid Utility Bill Scam Video

Criminals pose as Government workers, advertising a program that will help you pay for your utility bills. You receive an automated phone call informing you of the utility program that will supposedly pay up to $1,000. Alternatively, you can be contacted with this offer by text message, flyers, and even door to door visits.

All you are asked to do is provide your personal information. In exchange you are given a bank routing number and checking account number to provide your utility company when making a payment. The scam works because the payments with the fake bank account number are initially accepted. Only when the payments are processed hours or days later is the fake number caught and rejected.

The scam also spreads fast because the victims are so happy about the deal that they immediately post the good news on Facebook and Twitter, generating more victims who fall for the trick.


How to avoid the Paid Utilities Bill scam:

As a rule of thumb, you should hang up any automated phone call you receive. If it comes as a text message, ignore it as well. Use your common sense and research any offer that looks too good to be true. The Internet makes it so easy. Go onto the Government's website, check to verify the existence of such programs.


How to report the Paid Utilities Bill scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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