Too many Americans are just plain stupid — and greedy.
CBS Philly issued a warning on July 13, 2012, that THOUSANDS of people have reportedly been victimized in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the United States by a popular scam spreading through social media, text messaging, telephone, and US Mail.
The scam claims that “President Barack Obama is providing funding to help customers pay their utility bills.”
To “qualify,” all you have to do is provide personal information including your Social Security number, credit card number, and/or bank account number.
It turns out the scam had been going on for more than a month at least because I found this article on Business Insider about the scam, which was dated June 5, 2012:
Thousands of consumers in Miami are getting scammy phone calls saying President Obama plans to pay their utilities, according to Jacey Birch of Local News 10 in Miami.
As PSE&G energy company reports, the con artists tell consumers a federal grant will cover their energy bill for one time only.
The scammers then get the victim’s Social Security number, send a fake Federal Reserve routing number and have the victim enter his account number to receive the phony “credit.”
Scammers have been contacting consumers by email, social media and text as well.
JUST REMEMBER These people vote!!!
Don’t ever give out personal information like your Social Security number or your credit card number or your bank account number unless you had initiated the call!