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Hang Up On New Utility Bill Phone Scam

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:32 PM
Utility companies throughout the US and Canada are warning their customers about a new con. Scammers are calling residents and impersonating utility staff, claiming to be collecting on late bills.

Instead of accepting payment by credit card or check, the caller wants you to pay by prepaid debit card. The scammer instructs you to obtain a prepaid debit card and call him/her back.

Hang Up on New Utility Bill Phone Scam
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ShorebreakShorebreak2,621 posts since
Apr 6, 2010
Rep Points: 14,208
1. Friday, May 24, 2013 - 6:08 PM
Another good thing about autopay.  You know it's a scam if you have autopay.
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paoli2paoli21,372 posts since
Aug 10, 2011
Rep Points: 6,011
2. Friday, May 24, 2013 - 6:29 PM
A requirement to pay only via a prepaid debit card definitely signals a scam is in progress.  I am glad the warning has been picked up and is being distributed widely so as many people as possible can be alerted. 
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pearlbrownpearlbrown1,436 posts since
Nov 2, 2010
Rep Points: 6,264
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