A scam warning to pass along

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TwoCrows, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    I got this from someone I work with, and want to get the word out.

    It has come to our attention that scammers committing a particularly painful form of identity theft appear to have hit on just the right formula to trick thousands of victims: a punishing heat wave, large utility bills, a bad economy and a good story. While the criminals may have not reached Colorado yet, they have been marching across the country, making their way from state to state, persuading victims that a special federal government assistance program -- sometimes described as a bailout authorized by President Barack Obama's administration -- is available to pay their utility bills. Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but only after they "register" by surrendering their Social Security numbers and other personal information.
    There is no such utility payment assistance program. But electricity users seem to be falling for the ruse everywhere, making it one of the more successful scams in recent times. Last week, 2,000 people were tricked in Tampa and there were more victims in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and across New England. Utility firms in Utah and California reported similar scam epidemics earlier this year. And at least 10,000 people fell for the scam in New Jersey in recent weeks.
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  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    These scammers should get a nice LOONNGG vacation at Sheriff Joe's tent resort in Aridzona - NO AC, only balogna sandwiches to eat, wearing only pink undies...... then on to a special place in Hell. [reddevil]
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Oh I don't know.... It seems to me that the gullible will always be on the lookout for a Good Scam, to buy into.... I mean if your on the .gov teat already, what is one more suck, likely to harm.... Right Thinking Folks rarely get sucked in on these deals... It is folks looking for that next "Free Deal".... or that made poor choices, much earlier, that are the targets of these kind of deals.... and they usually get sheared, just like the sheeple they are.....
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    Yes, the typical victim of such lies are often elderly people who make foolish claims about some outlandish fairytale time when people were supposedly honest.
  5. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    A scammer is a thief in my book and everyone should know how I feel about thieves. [gun]
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