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PSE&G Warns of Barack Obama Scam

Scam promises to pay or credit utility bills.

A new scam using President Barack Obama’s name claims to provide utility bill credits in exchange for personal information, including social security numbers, according to Public Service Electric and Gas.

“The scam, which has been reported in a number of states, claims that President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills,” the company said in a statement.

PSE&G offered the following details on how the scam works:

• Someone calls a utility customer and tells them that the federal government has a program to pay utility bills on a one-time basis.

• Customers are asked to provide their social security numbers to apply for the program.

• The scammers then give customers a phony federal reserve bank routing number to use to receive the credit or bill payment. Some PSE&G customers have reported that they entered the false information, then called the company to verify that the payment was made by the government on their behalf.

• According to reports, the scammers are also emailing, texting and using social media to reach customers.

Anyone who receives such a call is asked to e-mail PSE&G’s security department with details at PSEG-BAandR@pseg.com.

Harlan Consider June 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I had to chuckle when I saw the headline. Hopefully, the scam will be fixed by year's end.
News Man June 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Patch staff and PSE&G working together on phone scams now...strange isn't it? Hardly a legal notice. Suggest Patch supervisiors and editors change that obvious political headline.
AML June 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
No sympathy for anyone who is dumb enough to provide confidential personal information over the phone. It has been said a million times over, via the press and via companies to never, ever provide this information over the phone. If in doubt to call the company first for verification; yet, these ignorant individuals foolishly act first and then secondly call the companies. No one to blame but themselves.
jp1 June 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Got a phone call this am from NYC claiming to represent PSE&G.
B@B June 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Inflammatory headline much?
BellairBerdan June 08, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Has Patch been taken over by Fox?
TJ June 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
and we should have the left wing liberals controlling all media?
TJ June 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I would think this points to the fact that his entire presidency has been a scam, sham and complete and utter failure.

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