Thousands fall victim to utility payment scam (Scott Bauer)

Monty Solomon monty at
Mon Sep 3 07:29:50 PDT 2012

Scott Bauer, Thousands fall victim to utility payment scam, Associated
Press, 12 Jul 2012

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.  ...


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