06/01/2012 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has been made aware of a multi-state scam that has made its way to Florida. The scam targets utility customers and aims to steal identities and utility payments.
Under the scam, customers are being told that President Obama has approved special funding through the Federal Reserve Bank for utility bill assistance. There is no such funding.
Through automated phone calls, in person door-to-door visits, and online solicitation, the scammers are asking customers for personal information, such as social security identification numbers. They then provide victims with a fraudulent bank routing number with which to pay their utility bills.
“We are not aware that this scam has taken place within our service area (Key West to Seven-Mile Bridge), but our customers should understand that we will never solicit them to sign up for assistance programs through the channels used in this scam,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.
The scam has been reported in Kissimmee and Fort Pierce, Florida as well as in California, Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas.