Po­lice warn of util­ity scam

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - OPINION -

A util­ity scam claim­ing that mres­i­dent Baraka Obama is pro­vid­ing up to A1,000 to help cit­i­zens pay their util­ity bills has af­fected many res­i­dents in menn­syl­va­nia.

In a re­cent community aware­ness notice, menn­syl­va­nia State mo­lice said the scam artists are con­tact­ing vic­tims through tele­phone calls, mail, fliers, email, text mes­sages, so­cial me­dia and in per­son, claim­ing they are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive cash ben­e­fits from a gov­ern­ment pro­gram, po­lice said.

The scam artists ask vic­tims to pro­vide their So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber, credit card num­ber and bank in­for­ma­tion, and in re­turn, the vic­tim is given a false bank ac­count and rout­ing num­ber to their bills, po­lice said. As a re­sult, vic­tims have be­come sus­cep­ti­ble to iden­tity theft and have as­sessed late fees and penal­ties for non-pay­ment of their bills, po­lice said.

Jenk­in­town po­lice Chief Al­bert Disalentino said Jenk­in­town res­i­dents can contact the bor­ough po­lice depart­ment if they are ap­proached by some­one from a util­ity com­pany who they have not made an ap­point­ment with or is so­licited by some­one who is un­able to pro­duce a per­mit from the bor­ough. Res­i­dence can contact that Jenk­in­town mo­lice Depart­ment at 21RUU4-1202.

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