July 02, 2012
FKEC Warns Consumers about Utility Scam
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative is warning
members against a new scam that is sweeping the nation claiming the government
will pay your utility bills through a new federal program. Do not fall victim
to this scam.
How the Scam Works:
According to the Better Business Bureau
consumers are being contacted either in person, by phone, fliers, social media
or text message claiming President Obama is providing credits or applying
payments to utility bills.
To receive the
money, scammers claim they need the consumers' social security and bank routing
numbers. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will
supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there is no money, and
customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not.
Avoid Being Scammed:
FKEC reminds you
to never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking
information to anyone requesting it over the phone or in person unless you
initiated the contact and feel confident with the person you are speaking with.
If you do receive
a call from someone claiming
to be with FKEC and asking for payment, hang up, and call FKEC customer service
For more information about his scam and other
scams visit the Better Business Bureau website at www.bbb.org. You can also contact FKEC Member Service at 305-852-2431 or