New Scam Leads Some to Believe U.S. Government Will Pay Bills
SALISBURY, Md.- People on Delmarva have been falling victim to a recent scam. People are being promised $1,000 toward their utility bills in exchange for providing their Social Security information.
The scam has gotten some national attention as well. The Better Business Bureau posted a warning about the scam on June 20, 2012. (http://www.bbb.org/us/article/presid...ty-bills-34928)
Tax preparer Yolanda Fidderman said many of her clients are victims.
"They're telling people that if you use that number that's on the back of your Social Security card to change the letter to the number 3--that's your specific account number that your supposed to be able to use up to that $1,000 amount but you can only use it on bills."
Fidderman said as a tax preparer she would be notified by the IRS if this was a federal program.
"The worst case scenario is possible identity theft and next to that is those payments are going to come back," Fidderman said. "They're going to have those late payment fees, possibly returned check fees on top of what they already owe to the creditors that they tried to pay."
If you have fallen victim to the scam, you are urged to contact the consumer affairs department of your state's attorney general's